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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.