Score: Rhode Island 71, VCU 65
Location: Kingston, R.I. (Ryan Center)
Records: VCU 13-6 (4-2 Atlantic 10), Rhode Island 11-7 (4-2)
The short story: Sophomore forward Marcus Santos-Silva provided 11 of his career-high 17 points in the second half, but it wasn't enough to stop Rhode Island, which shot 53 percent after intermission, Wednesday night at the Ryan Center.
- Santos-Silva finished 6-of-10 from the field and 5-of-8 at the charity stripe for VCU. He added seven rebounds and a pair of blocked shots
- Junior guard De'Riante Jenkins added 16 points, three blocks and two steals for the Black and Gold, while redshirt junior guard Marcus Evans supplied 13 points and six assists
- Fatts Russell led all scorers with 19 points for Rhode Island, while Jeff Dowtin kicked in 14
- In a physical contest, Dowtin scored four points to spark a 10-0 run that pushed Rhode Island to a 43-34 lead with 8:36 remaining
- Rhode Island would push its lead to as much as 61-49 with 3:38 remaining on a Russell triple from the left wing, followed by a layup from Tyrese Martin
- VCU was able to make a late push. Bolstered by a pair of Santos-Silva traditional three-point plays, the Black and Gold closed the gap to 65-60 when Evans drew a three-shot foul on Russell at the 1:00 mark. Evan connected on all three free throws to make it a one-possession game. But Jermaine Harris knocked down a mid-range jumper in the lane on Rhody's next possession, and VCU was called for a charge on a drive to the basket on its ensuing opportunity
- Rhode Island capitalized on 18 VCU turnovers to the tune of 20 points
- Rhody outrebounded VCU 38-33
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- VCU tied a season-high with nine blocked shots. Jenkins and redshirt sophomore forward Corey Douglas were credited with three apiece
- The two teams combined to shoot 3-of-21 from 3-point range Wednesday
VCU will travel to Pittsburgh, Pa. to take on Duquesne on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. at the Palumbo Center.