Rams pick up 20th victory of the season with 74-54 defeat of Saint Louis

The Basics

  • Score: #25 VCU 74, Saint Louis 54
  • Records: VCU (20-6, 10-3), Saint Louis (10-16, 2-11)
  • Location: Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, inside HDL, Inc. Athletic Village – Richmond, Va.
  • The Short Story: Senior Treveon Graham led the way with 16 points and six rebounds in a balanced VCU attack that dropped Saint Louis, 74-54, for the Rams' 20th victory of the season. It marks the ninth straight season with 20 or more wins for the Black & Gold. Freshman Michael Gilmore scored 10 points to lead the VCU bench, which chipped in 36 points on the night.
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  • Storify: Recapping through the eyes of Ram Nation
How It Happened
  • Graham scored VCU's first eight points to lead the Rams off to a 10-2 start just five minutes into the contest.
  • SLU would respond to take a 12-10 lead, but VCU's defense locked down, allowing just 10 points the rest of the half. A 3-pointer by Terry Larrier and a lay up by JeQuan Lewis to close the stanza and give the Rams a 34-22 halftime cushion.
  • The defense would once again lead the way in the second half, holding SLU to just four points in the first nine minutes en route to a 45-26 advantage after a jumper from Justin Tillman with 11:08 to play.
  • SLU would not get closer than 13 the rest of the way as 11 different players scored for the Rams on the night, with eight players dishing out assists en route to the 74-54 victory.
Beyond the Boxscore
  • Graham became the fourth player in VCU history to reach 1,700 career points. He is just two away from moving into third-place on the all-time scoring list.
  • Mo Alie-Cox blocked three shots on the night and became the ninth player in program history to swat 100 or more shots in his career.
  • VCU is one of just seven schools with 20 or more wins in each of the past nine seasons.
Up Next
  • VCU returns home on Saturday to host UMass in a battle atop of the Atlantic 10 standings. Tipoff is set for 12 p.m. on ESPN2.