#21 VCU FORCES 27 TURNOVERS, ROUTS FLORIDA GULF COAST

Final Score: VCU 78, FGCU 48
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: #21 VCU 5-0, FGCU 1-5
Attendance: 7,637 (139th consecutive sellout)

The Short Story: VCU forced a season-high 27 turnovers and redshirt senior guard Marcus Evans led all scorers with 16 points as the Rams blasted Florida Gulf Coast Saturday night.

OPENING TIP

  • Evans knocked down 3-of-6 from beyond the 3-point arc and dished out four assists for VCU
  • Senior guard De'Riante Jenkins contributed 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting for the Black and Gold. He added a career-high five steals in the contest
  • Junior forward Marcus Santos-Silva grabbed 11 rebounds (six offensive) to lead all players. He also added nine points and three steals for the Rams
  • Both senior forward Mike'L Simms (seven points, three rebounds) and freshman guard Bones Hyland (seven points, three rebounds) combined for 14 points and 6 rebounds for the Rams
  • VCU got off to a slow start offensively, but it didn't seem to matter. VCU missed its first eight shots and shot .341 (14-of-41) from the field in the first half on the way to a 43-16 lead. VCU forced 16 first-half turnovers
  • Eagles guard Caleb Catto scored 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the 3-point line and collected nine rebounds

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU forced a season-high 27 turnovers and only turned the ball over eight times, a season-low. The Rams outscored the Eagles 37-3 off turnovers
  • The Rams closed the first half on a 17-0 run, punctuated by Evans' third 3-pointer of the period
  • The Rams shot 81 percent from the charity stripe (13-of-16) and held FGCU to 38 percent (19-of-50) shooting from the field
  • Led by sophomore guard KeShawn Curry (Nine points, four rebounds), VCU's bench turned in another strong effort with 31 points

NOTABLES

  • VCU improved to 5-0 for the first time since the 1993-94 season with the win
  • The Rams forced 27 turnovers, the program's most since VCU turned Buffalo over 31 times on Dec. 22, 2015
  • VCU has won 16 straight home games
  • VCU controlled the game with 19 offensive boards (42 total) and 15 steals
  • The Rams improved to 2-0 all-time against FGCU. VCU won the only previous meeting in the 2012-13 season opener at the Siegel Center

WHAT'S NEXT
The Rams will host Alabama State at the Siegel Center on Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.