RAMS CLAIM FIRST ATLANTIC 10 TITLE WITH 71-65 DEFEAT OF DAYTON

The Basics

  • Score: VCU 71, Dayton 65
  • Records: VCU (26-9), Dayton (25-8)
  • Location: Barclays Center – Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • The Short Story: Senior Briante Weber may have been injured in January, but his ascent to the top of the ladder on Sunday capped off a thrilling celebration after the VCU men's basketball team claimed its first-ever 2015 Atlantic 10 title with a 71-65 defeat of Dayton. Classmate Treveon Graham led all scorers with 20 points as well as 13 rebounds en route to Tournament MVP honors. Sophomore Mo Alie-Cox also earned All-Tournament team honors with 13 points and four rebounds on the day.
How It Happened
  • After Dayton got the first bucket of the game, freshmen Terry Larrier and Jonathan Williams got back-to-back scores to give VCU an early 6-2 advantage.
  • Dayton would make a run of their own,  capped off by a 3-pointer by Jordan Siebert to give the Flyers an 18-12 lead with 8:12 to play in the first half.
  • An old-fashioned 3-point play by Graham sparked a VCU run that was capped off by a JeQuan Lewis 3-pointer at the end of the half to give the Rams a 33-26 lead at the break.
  • VCU pushed its lead to double-digits early in the second half, but a layup by Dyshawn Pierre tied the score at 43 with 11:42 to play.
  • A layup by Alie-Cox  with 10:51 remaining helped VCU regain the lead, one they would never relinquish.
  • Dayton would keep it close, but Larrier, Lewis and Graham would go 8-of-8 from the charity stripe in the final 30 seconds to claim the 71-65 victory.

Beyond the Box Score

  • With Graham's 20-point performance, he became VCU's second all-time leading scorer. The senior also had his 21st career double-double.
  • VCU joined Duke as the only two programs in the country to have 26 or more wins in each of the last two seasons. 
  • VCU becomes the first program in the Commonwealth of Virginia to reach the NCAA Tournament five straight years.

Up Next 

  • The Rams earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, and will learn their matchup during the Selection Show which is scheduled to begin at 6:00p.m.