Holiday Sendoff: Johnson’s 22 Sends RamNation Home With 90-69 Win

Richmond, Va. – Just win baby. That was the plan tonight for the VCU Rams as they gave the Buffalo Bulls heavy dose of Holiday Havoc as they sent RamNation home with a with 70-69. Melvin Johnson scored 22 points in the victory. Korey Billbury followed up with 15 points. The win ended a three game losing streak for the Rams.

Despite both teams shooting 50% in the first half, turnovers plagued both teams. The Bulls committed 20 turnovers in the first half and the Rams had 12. While the score stayed relatively close for the most of the first half, the Rams started to separate themselves within the final minutes of the half. The score was tied at 25 with 3:12 left in the half. From there, VCU went on a 15-2 run to close the half, with Melvin Johnson catching fire as he scored the final six points for the Rams.

VCU’s hot hand continued into the second half hitting six of their eight shots. After a rough first half from three-point land [2-13], VCU went 7-13 from downtown after intermission. They hit their first six attempted three-pointers before missing their first one midway through the half. With the momentum established at the end of the first half carrying over into the second half, VCU was easily able to put away the Buffalo Bulls.

VCU forced the Bulls into 31 turnovers, the most in a game since December 29, 2012 when Fairleigh Dickinson committed 34. Johnson’s five three-pointers moved him into sole possession of fourth on the VCU all-time made three point list with 216.

“I coached high school ball and we didn’t turn the ball over 30 times,” Buffalo coach, Nate Oates said. “They’re not even pressing like they did with Shaka. They pressured in the halfcourt a lot and they did some fullcourt press, but this is not the same Havoc that I’ve watch on TV for the past six years.”

“We need to win,” VCU coach Will Wade said after the game. “We’ve been close. Our formula works. We got it down with the power basketball. We just got to play better in longer stretches.”

The win gave the Black and Gold their sixth win of the season. Havoc returns to the Siegel Center on Sunday when they face the Liberty Flames at 5:00.

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Tribal Victory: VCU Defeats William & Mary 73-47

Richmond, Va. – The VCU Women’s Basketball team picked up their fourth consecutive win on Monday night defeating the William and Mary Tribe 73-47. Isis Thorpe, Adaeze Alaeze, and Curteeona Brelove all scored 11 points in the win.

The Rams set the tone early on defense forcing the Tribe to commit eight turnovers in the first quarter. The Rams finished the first quarter on a 10-3 run to establish control of the game. After being down as much as 15 in the second quarter, the Tribe rebounded as they went on an 11-2 run to trim their deficit down to six. That would be the closest the Tribe would get to the Rams as the black and gold scored eight of the final 10 points of the first half giving the Rams a twelve point lead going into half time.

The Rams would continue their onslaught in the second half as they caused the Tribe to commit a turnover nine seconds into the third quarter. Keira Robinson knocked down back-to-back treys to kickstart a 10-0 run. The Tribe were unable to score a point for over four minutes which allowed the Rams to pull away in the third quarter. Isis Thorpe hit consecutive triples in the fourth quarter to seal the deal for the Rams.

The Rams improve to 10-2 on the season. The Rams will enjoy an eight day layoff returning to action on Wednesday, December 30 when they take on the North Carolina A&T Aggies in Greensboro, NC.

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WVCW Sports Recap: December 16-20

Men’s Basketball

The VCU Rams returned to action on Tuesday as they traveled down to Atlanta to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in their second true road game of the season. Despite Justin Tillman scoring a career-high 18 points, the Rams lost to the Yellow Jackets 77-64. The game remained close throughout, but the Yellow Jackets went on a 12-2 run in the second half to take control of the game. Marcus Georges-Hunt led the Georgia Tech with 20 points.

The Black and Gold returned home on Saturday to face the #23 Cincinnati Bearcats. Both teams played a tight game but the Bearcats held off the Rams to win 69-63. The Bearcats led most of the game and went up by as much as 10 with over five minutes left in the second half. The Rams fired back and scored eight unanswered points while trimming the Bearcats lead down to two but they could not get any closer. The Bearcats held off the late surge from the Rams with timely free throw shooting. Korey Billbury led the way for the Rams with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Troy Caupain and Farad Cobb led the Bearcats in scoring with 15 points.

The Rams are now 5-5 this season. The Rams will host the Buffalo Bulls at 7:00 on Tuesday and the Liberty Flames at 5:00 on Sunday.

Women’s Basketball

The Rams picked up a win on the road defeating the High Point Panthers 69-39. The Rams outscored the Panthers 16-5 in the second half to give themselves a 14-point lead going into halftime. From there, they Rams stayed in firm control of the game leading to the lopsided win for the Black and Gold. Isis Thorpe finished the game with 15 points.

Saturday was much of the same as they defeated the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs 74-54. Curteeona Brelove had her second double-double of the week as she scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The Rams grabbed firm control of the game early jumping out to a five point lead at the end of the first quarter. The Rams outrebounded the Lady Monarchs 43-25 and forced 19 turnovers that led to 28 points.

The Rams are now 9-2 this season riding a three-game winning streak into their lone game this week on Monday, when they host the William and Mary Tribe.

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WVCW Sports Recap: December 6-15

After our one week hiatus, we are back with another WVCW Sports Recap. This week was light in terms of action as student-athletes took their final exams this week. However, action will resume this week.

Men’s Basketball

  • The Rams enjoyed a week off. They will resume action tonight when they face off against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Atlanta at 9:00. They return to the Siegel Center on Saturday to face the #23 Cincinnati Bearcats at 4:00.

Women’s Basketball

  • A week after their second place finish in the Arizona State Classic, the Rams returned to the Stu to defend their homecourt against the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks. UMES stormed out to an early 11-4 lead. However, the Rams were able to claw their way back into the game. The Rams outscored the Hawks 24-8 in the second quarter and the Hawks were not able to respond. The Rams pulled away in the second half and defeated the Hawks 63-39. Ashley Pegram led the Rams in scoring with 17 points. Curteeona Brelove recorded here first double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
  • The Rams have a date with High Point on Wednesday at 7:00 before returning to the Siegel Center on Saturday to face the Old Dominion Monarchs at 7:30.


  • VCU Baseball recently released their schedule for the upcoming season. Below are some key dates. The Full schedule can be seen at
    • February 19: at Kennesaw State (First Game)
    • February 24: vs. Maryland (Home Opener)
    • March 9: vs. Old Dominion
    • March 25-27: vs. St. Bonaventure (A-10 Opener)
    • April 5: vs. Virginia
    • April 20: at Virginia
    • April 22-24: vs. Richmond
    • May 5: at North Carolina
    • May 25-29: Atlantic 10 Tournament (at Fordham)
  • WVCW plans to broadcast each home game and a few away games.


Too Bright- Perfume Genius



Too Bright is beautiful and gay, and I love it. Perfume Genius balances dreamy and ethereal musical composition with poetic lyrics. The album works very well as a cohesive unit and many of the songs are also strong. Mike Hadreas is the artist behind Perfume Genius; he has released several singles and three albums. He released his first album Learning in 2010 and his second in 2012 with Put Your Back N 2 It. Too Bright was released in 2014.

Too Bright is both beautiful and honest. The album complexly explores male queerness, but I don’t think it exclusively applies to male queerness. The album is cohesive in a way few albums are. It doesn’t sound the same, some songs are closer to alternative rock and others are really dreamy but in most songs the tone of Hadreas voice stays consistent. Listening to the album in order is really enjoyable because there are great transitions and builds.


There are quite a few songs that are worth mentioning, I can’t decide if my favorite is “Queen” or “Grid”. “Queen” starts the question “Don’t you know your Queen?” it is a double entendre because it sounds like “Don’t you know you’re Queer?”. In the verse Hedreas pairs beautiful imagery with ugly and revolting imagery. I really like how he connects identity to societies views. It is a rally cry because he is unapologetically being open about his identity. “Queen” is closer to rock than most of the album, it’s a little angry in the electric guitar part and drum beat. It could be one of my all time favorite songs. 


“Grid” has more disorienting electronic sounds, a rhythmic bass beat gradually gets louder and syncopated as the song progresses and there are some pretty cool vocal compressions. The instrumentals and background vocals are harsher but Hadreas voice is sweet. Like Queen, Grid has multiple meanings, the title is a reference to one of the first acronyms for HIV, Gay-Related Immune Deficiency, but many of the lyrics are from “I Decline” which is about Hadreas struggle with addiction.

Several other songs are really exceptional: the bridge in “Fool” is phenomenal. It is ethereal and echoey, it builds and builds. “Fool” is about straight women use gay men as props so I really like how free the bridge is in contrasts with the exploitive lyrics. “Too Bright” is also ethereal; it sounds like a prayer. “I’m a Mother” is on the weirder dark side of ethereal, everything sounds really heavy and the words are difficult to understand but I’m a fan. “My Body” seems to be about living in a body that is not healthy. It really resonates with me because it does a really good job of describing the balance between taking care of yourself while also knowing that the extra effort probably won’t be worth it. The song has a lot of distortion but it balances it with quiet moments. 

Too Bright is self deprecating but it is also beautiful. It is so great that while a central theme of the album is queerness and homophobia each song is not trying to become the next formulaic gay anthem as written by straight pop singers. I actually really love how blunt and realistic it because, personally, it is more relatable. So listen to Too Bright if you are also sad and queer it’s a good time.

WVCW Sports Review: November 23-29

We hope that you had a Happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully you did not have too many leftovers this weekend so that you can find what has been going on in RamNation this week. Like your turkey, this week was stuffed with great action with sweet rewards for dessert.

Men’s Basketball

  • The Rams went a 2-0 this weekend picking up wins over the American Eagles on Wednesday night 68-39 and in-state rival, the Old Dominion Monarchs on Saturday 76-67. Both games were played in front of sold-out crowds at the Siegel Center.
  • VCU was able to an early lead against the Eagles and never look back as the Rams were able to coast to a decisive victory. Justin Tillman earned his second career double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Melvin Johnson led the team in points with 13.
  • The Rams faced tougher competition on Saturday when they faced the ODU Monarchs. VCU was blitzed right at the start of the game as the Monarchs hit four three pointers in the first four minutes and led 16-8. After the early barrage, VCU locked in defensively and took control of the game. VCU led by as much as 11 and won by nine. Jequan Lewis led the Rams with 16 points off the bench.
  • Mo Alie-Cox moved into sixth place on the VCU blocks list as he has 126 now.
  • Melvin Johnson is now in sixth place on the VCU all-time three-point list.
  • The Rams are now 4-2 this season with all wins being at home. The Rams will be on the road for their next two games as the will face Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in their first true road game of the season Wednesday night. Then they will travel to Atlanta to face the Florida State Seminoles in a neutral site game next Sunday afternoon.

Women’s Basketball

  • Like the men, the women’s went 2-0 this week on their homecourt as they defeated the Campbell Camels on Tuesday. They followed that win with a commanding 22 point win against the Furman Paladins on Sunday 68-44.
  • The Rams played stifling defense against the Camels as they held them to eight points in the first half. The Camels were able to establish some momentum in the second half, but they fell behind early and were not able to catch the Rams. VCU forced 26 the Campbell to commit 26 turnovers.

Adaeze Alaeze finished the game with 12 points and five rebounds for the Rams in 19 minutes of play.

  • The Rams were able to get an early lead against the Paladins as they never trailed in the game. VCU opened the game up in the third quarter going on a 14-4 run and never looked back outscoring Furman 18-9 in the third quarter. Ashley Pegram led the Rams in points with 16 off the bench in only 12 minutes.
  • The Rams will enjoy a couple of days off before facing UNC Wilmington at the Siegel Center on Wednesday at 7:00. VCU will participate in the Arizona State Classic this weekend. They will face the host, Arizona State on Saturday and then they will face Toledo or Columbia on Sunday.

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