EVANS POWERS RAMS PAST ALABAMA STATE, TO PROGRAM’S FIRST 6-0 START  

Final Score: VCU 78, Alabama State 62
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: #20/19 VCU 6-0, ASU 0-5
Attendance: 7,637 (140th consecutive sellout)

The Short Story: Senior guard Marcus Evans poured in a season-high 25 points and VCU forced 16 turnovers on the way to its sixth consecutive win to start the 2019-20 season. It's the first time in school history the Rams have opened 6-0.

OPENING TIP

  • Evans dropped his 25 points in just 20 minutes of action. He connected on 8-of-11 from the field, including 5-of-7 from beyond the 3-point arc. He dished out three assists and added two rebounds
  • VCU senior forward Mike'L Simms contributed nine points while shooting 6-of-7 from the charity stripe. He also added three rebounds
  • Junior forward Marcus Santos-Silva led all players with nine rebounds, while supplying nine points for the Rams. He also blocked two shots
  • Freshman guard Bones Hyland tied his season high with 12 points off the bench for VCU
  • Hornets guard Tobi Ewuosho scored 17 points while collecting six rebounds. He also generated two assists

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU shot .472 (25-of-53) from the field while holding ASU to a .382 (21-of-55) mark
  • The Rams outscored the Hornets 17-9 off turnovers and 19-9 on fast breaks
  • VCU went on a 12-0 run with six-minutes left in the first half to build a 21-point lead
  • Led by Hyland and senior guard Malik Crowfield, VCU's bench provided 23 points

NOTABLES

  • The Rams were 12-of-22 from 3-point range Monday
  • VCU has won 17 straight home games
  • Monday's contest was the first between VCU and Alabama State

NEXT UP
The Rams will head on their first road trip of the season to face Purdue in the Emerald Coast Classic in Destin, Fla. on Friday, Nov. 29 at 9:30 p.m. (EST).