Rams make statement win at GW, 79-66

The Basics

  • Score: #20 VCU 79, GW 66
  • Records: VCU (19-6, 9-3), GW (17-8, 7-5)
  • Location: Charles E. Smith Center – Washington, D.C.
  • The Short Story: Junior Melvin Johnson led five players in double-figures as the VCU men's basketball team made a statement with a 79-66 road win at GW, who was previously unbeaten at home this year. Johnson finished with 17 points, including five three-pointers. As a team, VCU knocked down 12 3-pointers on the afternoon, marking the eighth time this year that the Rams connected on 10 or more three-pointers. Sophomore Doug Brooks was huge off the bench with 14 points and seven rebounds.
How It Happened
  • The teams traded baskets early, but a three-point barrage led by Johnson helped VCU open up a 22-13 lead with 13:05 to play in the first half.
  • GW would claw back and tie the score at 29 with just over five minutes left in the stanza, but a 3-pointer by Brooks and a fastbreak layup by Treveon Graham opened up the Rams' lead to five, 34-29 with 3:17 to play.
  • The Colonials would respond and a layup by Joe McDonald as time expired sent the teams into halftime with the score tied at 38.
  • GW jumped out to a three-point lead less than three minutes into the second half, but once again VCU responded with six straight points, capped off by a layup with Graham to give the Rams a 46-43 lead.
  • HAVOC took over, holding GW without a field goal for six minutes en route to a 10-1 that would be the difference. An offensive putback by Graham gave VCU a 58-48 lead with 8:09 to play.
  • The Rams would allow just one two field goals over the final 5:15 of the game to seal the 79-66 road victory.
Beyond the Boxscore
  • Doug Brooks (14 pts), Jonathan Williams (9 pts) and Mo Alie-Cox (10 pts) either tied or set new career highs.
  • VCU has now won nine games against the top-100 in the latest RPI, six of which have come away from the Siegel Center.
  • The Rams are now 42-10 after losses under Coach Smart. VCU has not lost three in a row since 2004-05.
  • Treveon Graham is now just one point away from become the fourth player in school history to reach 1,700 points.
Up Next
  • VCU returns home on Tuesday night when they host Saint Louis. The Rams and Billikens will tipoff at 7:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.