JENKINS, SANTOS-SILVA NOT ENOUGH FOR VCU AGAINST RHODE ISLAND  

Score: Rhode Island 65, VCU 56
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 12-4 (2-1 Atlantic 10), Rhode Island 10-5 (2-1 Atlantic 10)
Attendance: 7,637 (145th consecutive sellout)

The Short Story: Senior guard De'Riante Jenkins poured in a team-high 14 points for VCU, but Rhode Island halted a late comeback by the Black and Gold Saturday.

OPENING TIP

  • Marcus-Santos Silva recorded his sixth double-double of the season, and 12th of his career, for VCU after racking up 11 points and 14 rebounds. The junior forward also blocked two shots
  • Jenkins connected on 6-of-14 attempts from the floor and added six rebounds and three assists
  • Senior guard Marcus Evans played a season-high 33 minutes while contributing 11 points for the Black and Gold
  • Jeff Dowtin led all Rhode Island scorers with 21 points on the afternoon. Fatts Russell added 16 points and seven steals

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Rhode Island held VCU to 31 percent (21-of-67) shooting in the game, including 21 percent (6-of-28) from 3-point range
  • URI shot 46 percent (12-of-26) in the first half on the way to a 35-28 lead at the break
  • Rhody also owned a 43-40 edge on the glass and connected on 19-of-22 free throws
  • VCU trailed by as many as 15 points with 4:42 left in the first half, but limited Rhode Island to 29 percent (9-of-31) shooting in the second half as the Black and Gold mounted their comeback
  • VCU never led, but pulled to within one point, at 51-50 with 6:46 left, on a putback by Santos-Silva. But Rhode Island's Antwan Walker answered on the next possession with a drive for two, and URI knocked down 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch to keep VCU at bay

NOTABLE

  • VCU forced more turnovers (15-14), but Rhode Island owned a 19-14 advantage on points off turnovers
  • VCU grabbed 15 offensive rebounds in the game, including six by Santos-Silva
  • The two teams combined to shoot 10-of-42 from 3-point range in the game

NEXT UP
The Rams will travel to nationally ranked Dayton on Tuesday, Jan 14. The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. tip and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

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