VCU CHARGES BACK BEHIND DEFENSE, SINKS CHARLESTON IN SECOND HALF  

Score: VCU 76, Charleston 71
Location: Charleston, S.C. (TD Arena)
Records: VCU 9-2, Charleston 5-6

The short story: Junior forward Marcus Santos-Silva led three VCU players in double figures with 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the Rams held Charleston to 27 percent shooting the second half in a road victory Wednesday night.

OPENING TIP

  • Santos-Silva recorded his fourth double-double of the season. He was 8-of-13 from the floor
  • Senior guard De'Riante Jenkins returned to his home state and supplied 16 points and four rebounds to the VCU cause
  • Senior guard Marcus Evans added 16 for the Rams. He was 8-of-8 at the free throw line
  • Grant Riller scored 15 of his game-high 26 points in the first half for Charleston

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU trailed by as much as 11 points in the game, but used a 13-3 burst, punctuated by an Evans 3-pointer and a steal and layup by sophomore guard KeShawn Curry on the ensuing inbounds play, to grab a 54-52 lead with 12:16 remaining
  • Charleston briefly took a 55-54 lead on a 3-pointer by Brevin Galloway, but VCU promptly embarked on a 12-0 blitz that included a pair of buckets each from Santos-Silva and Jenkins to push ahead 66-55 with 6:38 left. The Rams would lead the rest of the way
  • The Cougars shot 68 percent (17-of-25) in the first half, including 9-of-13 from 3-point land, but VCU locked down on defense in the second half and limited Charleston to 7-of-26 shooting in the second period. Charleston opened the second half 4-of-22
  • VCU outrebounded the Cougars 37-29 and forced 15 turnovers
  • The Rams outscored Charleston 42-16 in the paint

NOTABLE

  • Wednesday's game was VCU's first true road contest of the year
  • VCU has won three straight games

NEXT UP
VCU will head to Kansas, where they'll take on Wichita State on Saturday, Dec. 21 at noon. That game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

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