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WVCW Sports Recap: January 11-17

Men’s Basketball: Current Record (13-5, 5-0)

VCU Rams smoked the Fordham Rams 88-54 on Wednesday night. Sophomore Justin Tillman led the Rams in scoring with a career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Tillman’s double-double was his third one this season. VCU took the game by storm scoring the first points of the game and never trailed Fordham. VCU shot 61% from the field in the game. Defensively, the Black and Gold scored 28 points off of 18 Fordham turnovers.

The Rams followed up with a road victory against the Richmond 94-89 in overtime. Jequan Lewis finished the game with 29 points. Both teams played a hard fought game to the end as the lead changed 20 times and featured 11 ties. Justin Tillman tied the game with 35 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime tied at 84. Melvin Johnson hit a pair of free throws to give VCU the 90-89 lead with 2:05 to go in overtime. Richmond’s, Terry Allen, missed a go-ahead jumper from the free throw line with four seconds left. Melvin Johnson hit another pair of free throws and Mo Alie-Cox sealed the deal with a steal off an inbound pass that led to a dunk.

This Week: VCU will host the Duquesne Dukes (12-6, 2-3) at Wednesday at 7:00 and the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (12-4, 4-1) on Saturday at 2:30.

Women’s Basketball: Current Record (13-5, 2-3)

The VCU Women’s Basketball rebounded after losing back-to-back games by defeating the Dayton Flyers 74-72. Keira Robinson scored a season-high 20 points with nine assists. VCU went up with an Isis Thorpe three-pointer with 8:01 to go in the third and never trailed for the remainder of the game. Dayton cut the lead down to one with 30 seconds to go, but the Rams held them off. The win for the Rams was their first ever win against the Flyers after losing the previous four games.

However, the Rams fell to the Davidson Wildcats at home Sunday evening 56-50. Mackenzie Latt and Dakota Dukes both finished with 18 points for Wildcats. The Wildcats went on an 11-0 run between the final 2:47 of the third quarter and the first 2:24 of the fourth quarter to obtain their largest lead of the game of 13 points, 50-37. The Rams were able to cut the deficit down to two, 52-50, with 1:02 to go, but VCU would get no closer. Davidson hit four free throws down the stretch to ice the game. Isis Thorpe led the Rams in scoring 17 points.

This Week: The Rams will travel to Fairfax, Virginia on Wednesday to face the George Mason Patriots (7-11, 2-3). Following their game against George Mason, the Rams will travel to the Robins Center to face the Richmond Spiders (9-9, 2-3) on Sunday at 3:00.

Men’s Tennis

VCU won all four of their matches this weekend in the VCU 4-1 Invitational at Thalhimer Tennis Center hosting Morgan State, Howard, and Georgetown. On Saturday, the Rams defeated the Morgan State Bears and the Howard Bison 5-0. VCU followed up with two more victories on Sunday defeating the Georgetown Hoyas 4-1 and Morgan State 5-0. VCU senior Michal Voscek was the only player to win all four of his matches in straight sets.

This Week: VCU will host the Radford Highlanders and the Norfolk State Spartans in the VCU 4-1 Invitational on Saturday at the Thalhimer Tennis Center. Action starts at 11:00.

Track & Field

The Men’s and Women’s Track & Field team participated in the Hampton Tri-Meet in Hampton, Virginia with the Norfolk State Spartans and the Hampton Pirates. The men finished third in Hampton Tri-Meet on Wednesday and the women finished in first place. Calvin Wood was the lone Ram on the men’s team to win an event finishing in first in the one mile run. Iman Lee, Elizabeth Stump, Emily Dyke, and Briana Ratchford finished in first place in their respective events (400 Meter Dash, One Mile Run, 3000 Meter Run, and Shot Put).

This Week: Both the Men’s and Women’s teams will participate in the Virginia Tech Hokie Invitational on Friday.

Women’s Tennis

This Week: VCU will take on the Georgetown Hoyas and the Morgan State Bears on Friday. On Saturday, they will take on Atlantic 10 foe, the George Mason Patriots, and the Howard Bison. All four matches will be a part of the VCU 4-1 Invitational at the Thalhimer Tennis Center.

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WVCW Sports Recap: January 5-10

Men’s Basketball

  • The Rams traveled to Philadelphia for their first conference road game taking on the Saint Joseph’s Hawks (12-3, 2-1). After the Hawks jumped out to an 8-0 lead early in the first half, The Rams were able to chip away at their deficit to take the lead going into halftime. Much like the first half, the Hawks jumped out to a big run. The Hawks went up by as much as 13 in the half. The Rams fought back as they outscored the Hawks 28-12 in the final 7:11 of the game to get the win 85-82. Mo Alie-Cox scored 10 straight points for the Rams during that stretch which gave the Rams the lead. Melvin Johnson finished the game with 25 points, seven rebounds, and three steals.
  • They returned to action Sunday afternoon in St. Louis defeating the Saint Louis Billikens (6-9, 1-2) 72-56 thanks to a smothering effort on defense. In the first half, the Rams held the Billikens to 15% shooting in the first half and forced the Billikens to commit 12 turnovers. Due to VCU’s core players being in foul trouble for much of the half, the Rams gained little separation from Billikens going into halftime. With their core players able to contribute in the second half, the Rams were able to go up by as much as 24 in the half en route to their sixth consecutive win. Mo Alie-Cox led the Rams in scoring with 16 points, 10 of which came from the charity stripe.
  • Overall Record, Conference Record: (11-5, 3-0) T-1st in the Atlantic 10
  • This Week: VCU will face the Fordham Rams (10-4, 1-2) on Wednesday at 7:00 at the Siegel Center. On Saturday, the Rams will take on crosstown rival, Richmond Spiders (9-6, 1-2), at the Robins Center at 2:00.

Women’s Basketball

  • The VCU Rams rode a six-game winning streak into Thursday game against the Saint Louis Billikens. Both teams went on a series of runs early alternating leads throughout the game. However, the Billikens would go on a 15-2 run in the second half that would give the lead for the remainder of the game. In the midst of that run, Adaeze Alaeze committed a technical foul that would shift the momentum of the game into the hands of the Billikens. The Rams cut the Billikens lead down to run, but with 15 seconds the go, but the Billikens iced the game with their free throw shooting leading to a 77-72 win. Alaeze finished the game with 20 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Billikens guard, Jackie Kemph, finished the game with 23 points.
  • VCU returned to the court on Sunday looking to rebound after their loss to the Billikens on Thursday. Both teams fought a very close and competitive game down to the wire. The Hawks and the Rams alternated the lead 11 times. Isis Thorpe hit a three to give VCU their first lead in the half 55-54 with 5:31 to go. Ciara Andrews knocked down an open three-pointer to give the Hawks a 65-63 lead with 11 seconds to go. Adashia Franklin hit one of two free throws with a three seconds to go. Keira Robinson had a chance to send the game into overtime with a three, but was able to knock it down. Isis Thorpe led the Rams in scoring with 16 points. Andrews finished the game with a game-high 20 points.
  • Overall Record, Conference Record: (12-4, 1-2) T-7th in the Atlantic 10
  • This Week: The Rams will hit the road for a date this Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio with the Dayton Flyers at 7:00. They will return to the Siegel Center next Sunday to face the Davidson Wildcats at 6:00.

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Rocky Finish: VCU Fights Back to Win In Philly 85-82

Philadelphia – After being down as much as 13 points in the second half, the VCU Rams (10-5, 2-0) were able to fight back and leave the City of Brotherly Love with an 85-82 win against the Saint Joseph’s Hawks (11-3, 1-1). Melvin Johnson scored 25 points for the Rams and moved into third place on the VCU made three-pointers list.

The Hawks jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first half. Despite the cold start from the Rams, starting out 2-13 from distance, they were able to chip their way back into the game. VCU’s defense stepped up as they were able to force the Hawks to commit eight turnovers. After starting the game making four of their first six shots, the Hawks shot 8-27 from the field. After JeQuan Lewis and Mo Alie-Cox scored on consecutive plays giving VCU their first lead of the game, 27-26, with 5:37 to go. VCU went into halftime with a 38-35 lead. JeQuan Lewis finished the half with 12 points, four rebounds, and three assists.

The second half started out much like the first as the Hawks went on a 13-0 run to take a 46-38 lead after the Rams committed two early turnovers. The Rams started to chip away at the lead before the Hawks went on a 13-6 run to go up by as much as 13 with 7:11 to go spearheaded by Isaiah Miles who finished the game with 31 points, 21 of which was in the second half. From there, the Rams on a 21-7 run with Alie-Cox scoring the latter eight to take the lead back from the Hawks 78-77 with 1:34 to go. The Rams would now trail for the duration of the game. With six seconds to go, Johnson split two free throws which gave DeAndre’ Bembry had a chance to send the game into overtime, but missed a three at the buzzer.

“I think we are certainly growing,” VCU Coach Will Wade said postgame. “We needed this win against a top three or four team in the Atlantic 10 on the road. We got away from our formula a bit to start the game and to start the second half, but we battled back.”

“In the timeouts, we had faith that we were going to come back,” Alie-Cox said. “We’ve been in positions like this last year plenty of times and this year a couple of times. Everyone was just real excited that we came in here and got a road win because we know that is real hard to do in conference.”

The win for the Rams was their fifth in a row. They will travel to Saint Louis to face the Billikens on Sunday at 4:00.

All In: VCU Wins A-10 Opener 71-47

Richmond, Va. – VCU (9-5, 1-0) defeated George Mason (6-8, 0-1) in their conference opener 71-47. Melvin Johnson led the Rams in scoring with 22 points. The win for the Rams was their fourth consecutive win. Johnson moved to 21st on the all-time VCU scoring list with points.

Havoc reigned supreme in the first few minutes of the first half as the Rams forced the Patriots to commit three early turnovers. George Mason did not get their first field goal until the 13:44 mark in the first half after starting 0-7. Midway through the first half, VCU separated themselves from the Patriots by going on a 13-0 run and outscored the Patriots 20-8 in the final 8:16 of the half. Melvin Johnson was the head of the snake scoring 13 points in the half. VCU’s defense did not allow Mason’s leading scorer, Shevon Thompson, to score and limited him to one shot in the half.

VCU’s offense started the second half off cold as they were not able to score for over three minutes. The Patriots were able to trim VCU’s lead down to six. VCU would begin to assert themselves defensively forcing the Patriots to commit six turnovers in a six minute stretch. The Rams would capitalize on the turnovers by going on a 10-0 run to get a 47-31 lead with 11:08 to go. The Rams would go up by as much as 26 as they were able to cruise to victory. Ahmed Hamdy provided a punch off the bench scoring all 16 of his points in the half. He had eight rebounds to complement his scoring total.

“Guys are all in,” Melvin Johnson said after the game. “There’s no ulterior motive. At this point, guys just genuinely care about winning. There’s more smiles, details are handled better, and it’s just a better chemistry. It’s fun to be playing around these guys when we’re playing like this. Even if we lost today, I’m still in love with the way we embraced each other.”

After going 4-1 on their five game homestand, the Ram will travel to Philadelphia for their next game on Tuesday to take on the St. Joseph Hawks. Opening tip is set for 7:00.

Golden Victory: VCU Defeats the Ospreys 80-68

Richmond, Va. – The VCU Rams picked up their third consecutive victory against the North Florida Ospreys Wednesday night 80-68. Melvin Johnson led the team in scoring with 23 points. VCU was able to get contributions elsewhere as Mo Alie-Cox scored a career-high 19 points and Korey Billbury finished with 22 points off the bench. Jequan Lewis only scored four points, but had a career-high 10 assists and three steals.

North Florida got off to a quick start in the first half jumping out to a 9-0 lead, but the Rams charged back with nine points to tie the game. Both teams alternated the lead before the Rams took control of the game jumping out to an eight-point lead at halftime. North Florida shot 50% in the first half, but had a hard time holding on to the ball in the halfcourt turning the ball over 10 times.

The Rams were able to carry the momentum they established in the first half into the second half shooting 57% from the field. Melvin Johnson and Korey Billbury hit a trio of shots from behind the arc to further establish pull away from the Ospreys. Mo Alie-Cox asserted himself down low scoring 13 of his 19 points in the half, including a dunk that blew the roof off the Siegel Center. The Rams went up by as much as 18 after a layup from Ahmed Hamdy, 61-43. The Ospreys would not go away as they cut the deficit down to eight with 2:51 to go. This was the closest the Ospreys would get as the Rams would pull away from the Ospreys.

North Florida’s, Dallas Moore, scored a team-high 24 points. North Florida, known for their three-point shooting making 12.9 per game (first in the nation), was held in check as they were 5-18 from downtown.

“Now we got some momentum,” VCU coach Will Wade said emphatically after the game. “We’ve won three in a row. You want to go into the conference season winning. I think we’re as tested or more tested than any team in our conference. Now, we have to continue to play well, continue to get better, understand what’s led to our winning streak, and us playing better.”

With the win, VCU improves to 8-5 as they finished their out-of-conference play. The Rams start conference play with this Saturday at the Siegel Center when they take on the George Mason Patriots. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00.

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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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