Jan 31, 2015
- Score: Richmond 64, #14 VCU 55
- Records: UR (12-9, 5-3 A10), VCU (17-4, 7-1 A10)
- Location: Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center inside the HDL, Inc. Athletic Village – Richmond, Va
- The Short Story: Despite holding a halftime lead, VCU lost for just the fourth time this season in a 64-55 decision against crosstown rival Richmond in the Bank of America Capital City Classic. Senior Treveon Graham led all VCU scorers with 18 points and seven rebounds, while junior guard Melvin Johnson and senior guard Briante Weber each reached double figures as well.
How It Happened
- Both teams came out slowly to start the game, as evidenced by the score being locked at 2-2 going into the first media timout of the day.
- The Rams, despite the fact that their long range shooting just wasn't there, were able to grab control of the game and led for much of the first half. Their lead reached a high of 11 late in the half on a layup from sophomore JeQuan Lewis that made the score 28-17.
- VCU would enter halftime with a 28-22 advantage.
- That little five-point run that Richmond went on to end the first half ballooned into a 22-4 run that put the Spiders ahead by seven, 39-32.
- Richmond's senior guard Anthony Kendall played perhaps the best half of basketball of his life in the second half today, scoring 20 points and going 5-of-9 from behind the arc while making nine of his 11 free throws. 12 of those points came in the last six minutes of the game.
- While they trailed by as many as 11, the Rams were able to claw their way back and cut the deficit to four, 56-52, with under a minute remaining. Richmond made its free throws in the waning moments of the game and came away with its 12th win while snapping VCU's 12-game winning streak.
Beyond the Box Score
- With 18 points today, Graham moved into fourth on VCU's all-time scoring charts, passing Bradford Burgess. His next target on his way up the list is Charles Wilkins (1968-71).
- At 12 games, this season's winning streak was the second-longest of the Shaka Smart era.
- The Rams hit the road to play at George Mason this Wednesday, February 4 at 7 pm. The game will be broadcast on CBSSN.