GRAHAM, 17TH-RANKED RAMS GUT OUT NINTH STRAIGHT WIN AT URI, 65-60

The Basics

  • Score: #17 VCU 65, Rhode Island 60 
  • Records: VCU (14-3, 4-0), URI (11-4, 3-1)
  • Location: Thomas M. Ryan Center – Kingston, R.I.
  • The Short Story: Senior Treveon Graham scored a game-high 26 points, 16 of which came in the final 15 minutes, to lead the 17th-ranked VCU men's basketball team to a gutsy 65-60 road win at URI. Graham finished with 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting, while grabbing a team-high eight rebounds. It was the Rams' ninth straight victory and 71st win away from home under Head Coach Shaka Smart, the seventh-most in the country over that span.
How It Happened
  • A 3-pointer from junior Melvin Johnson got the scoring started and helped VCU grab a quick 7-3 advantage with 17:20 to play in the first half.
  • URI answered with a 15-4 run of their own capped off by a layup by Jared Terrell to give the home squad an 18-11 lead with 11:05 to play in the first half.
  • The lead would never go above nine as URI headed into halftime with a 35-28 advantage thanks to 11 points from E.C. Matthews.
  • After going down with an ankle injury, Graham re-entered the game and drilled a 3-pointer with 12:02 remaining to get VCU within one at 41-40.
  • Once again, URI responded, posting an 8-0 run to make it a nine-point game again.
  • Graham, along with sophomore Mo Alie-Cox, would once again respond, tying the game at 51-51 on a Graham three-ball with 5:35 remaining.
  • Terrell would slam home a dunk with 3:24 remaining, but that's when Johnson drilled a 3-pointer to ignite a 12-2 game ending run by the Black & Gold, capped off by a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe from senior Briante Weber.
Beyond the Box Score
  • Graham's 26 points moved him into sole possession of sixth place on VCU's all-time scoring chart with 1,639 points.
  • With two steals, Weber (360 total) moved within five steals of entering the top-three on the NCAA all-time steals chart.
  • VCU has now held seven of its past eight opponents to 65 points or less. The Rams are 127-24 under Coach Smart when they accomplish that feat.
  • The nine-game win streak is the third longest under Coach Smart and the longest since 2012-13 when the Black & Gold won 13 consecutive games.

Up Next

  • The Rams remain on the road when they travel to Duquesne for a Saturday afternoon tilt at Consol Energy Center. Game time on CBS Sports Network is set for 2 p.m.