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Stop, Drop, and Ram: VCU Hose Down the Flames 85-57

Richmond, Va. – The VCU Rams extinguished the Liberty Flames 85-57 behind Melvin Johnson’s 15 points. The Rams jumped out to a hot start hitting their first six shots and jumping out to a 12-2 lead. The Rams shot 55% from the field in the first half while playing stifling defense only allowing the Flames to shoot 33%.

The Rams really punished the Flames on the boards outrebounding them 37-23. Justin Tillman grabbed 11 rebounds on his own and Ahmed Hamdy grabbed nine rebounds. In the first half, Tillman and Hamdy outrebounded the Flames entire team 18-13.

The second half played out much like the first half. The Rams started the second half on a 12-4 that included three-pointers from Melvin Johnson, Michael Gilmore, and Korey Billbury. The Black and Gold went up by as much at 37 in the half. Despite a scrappy fight from the Flames, the Rams were able to keep Liberty at distance and cruised to a 28 point lead.

JeQuan Lewis scored at 14 points for the Rams. Jordan Burgess scored 11 points in his first game back after missing two games with a concussion.

With the win, VCU improves to 7-5 with one game left before Atlantic 10 play begins. VCU takes on the North Florida Ospreys in their final out-of-conference game at the Siegel Center on Wednesday at 7:00.

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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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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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