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WVCW College Media Associates Pinnacle Awards Submissions

WVCW is submitting some audio for the 2016 College Media Associates Pinnacle Awards. Here’s the breakdown of what we’ve submitted and the audio.

Entertainment:
Men’s Basketball Play-By-Play:

From WVCW’s award-winning Sports Department comes our coverage of the VCU’s Men’s Basketball game against Oregon State in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. WVCW brings sports entertainment to the greater VCU community through broadcasts of our Men’s and Women’s Basketball and Men’s Baseball teams.

News:
Interview with John Guzlowski:

Mikaela Reinard, WVCW Programming Director and
Reporter, interviews John Guzlowski, a Polish- American and the son of two WWII concentration camp survivors, on his life growing up in an environment plagued with the consequences inflicted on victims of vicious hate and war. Guzlowski was born in a refugee camp shortly after concentration camps were liberated and at a young age, his family relocated to the United States. Ultimately, Guzlowski became a writer shedding light on the stories of his parents, as they took on the daunting task to survive one of the most gruesome moments to ever find its way into the pages of history.

Manager’s Choice:
Election Coverage from Super Tuesday:

The single largest news event in nearly 15 years at WVCW! Nerd March Madness brought live coverage of the Super Tuesday Primaries to the VCU community, providing up-to-the-minute poll results and featuring panelists from the VCU Political Science Department. Hosted by Jon Carpenter and Jacob McFadden, this was not one to miss.

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.

Happy New Year!

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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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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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Late Push Vaults Armistead to Gold Medal

Lizzie Armistead, Overcome With Emotion After Winning Women's Elite Road Race Photo Credit: Darnell Myrick
Lizzie Armistead, Overcome With Emotion After Winning Women’s Elite Road Race
Photo Credit: Darnell Myrick

Richmond, Va. – Lizzie Armistead of Great Britain made a late push to win the rainbow jersey and the gold medal in today’s Women’s Elite Road Race with a time of 3:23:56. Eight other cyclists finished within a second of Armistead. Dutch cyclist, Anna Van Der Breggen finished in second place taking home her second silver medal of the week. She finished in second in the Women’s Elite Individual Time Trial on Wednesday. American, Megan Guarnier won the bronze medal.

Armistead was emotional after finishing the race saying that she was surprised with her victory. She said that she was nervous going into the race. The British cyclist pushed hard within the last few kilometers of the race passing Van Der Breggen in an attempt to capture the win. She says that this was probably the greatest race she ever competed in.

“I wanted to attack on Governor’s Street,” Armistead said. “Also, I knew that I need to get rid of people. Attacking was what I did and then I stuck to one side of the road in the sprint.”

The Mayor of Richmond, Dwight C. Jones was in attendance for the race presenting flowers to the three medalists at the podium ceremony.

Tomorrow will be the conclusion of the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond as the Men’s Elite Road Race will take place.

 

 

VCU Defeats Davidson 71-65

The VCU Rams (12-3, 2-0) defeated the Davidson Wildcats (10-3, 1-1) in their first of two matchups this season 71-65 and handed the Wildcats their first loss ever in the Atlantic 10 conference. In the process, the Rams extended their winning streak to seven games and remain undefeated in the A-10 earning their second win in the conference. VCU senior, Treveon Graham, led the Rams in scoring and rebounds posting a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

VCU did not shoot the ball particularly well from the floor shooting 42%, but they were able to spread the scoring distribution amongst multiple players as their depth proved to be a clear advantage throughout. The Rams bench outscored the Wildcats bench 29-16 and nine players scored for the Rams. New York City natives, Melvin Johnson and Terry Larrier, both contributed 11 points for the Rams.

VCU’s defense held the nation’s third best scoring team to 20 points under their season average and also made Davidson’s leading scorer, Jack Gibbs, a non-factor. Gibbs was not able to establish any sort of rhythm offensively on the court shooting 1-10 from the field. Gibbs was held without a field goal in the first 35 minutes of the game. Gibbs was able to cash in from the free throw line making all eight of his free throws and finished with 11 points in the game. VCU point guard, Briante Weber, pointed out that Jack Gibbs is an amazing player, but they made it a point of emphasis to take him out the game.

“All we could hear the coaches talking about was he just had 32 points on Richmond, he’s an excellent player,” VCU Senior Briante Weber said. “I’m pretty sure the team and I definitely got fed up hearing Jack Gibbs. They have a three-headed monster with those three guards (Jack Gibbs, Tyler Kalinowski, and Brian Sullivan). We would key on him, because he is the head of the snake. You take him out, we can contain the other two.”

Davidson only made 37% of their field goals, which is well below their average from the field as they have shot 48% from the field this season. Davidson also shot below their average from three-point range shooting 36% from three-point land. VCU’s trademarked havoc-style defense was able to force Davidson to turn the ball over 15 times. Davidson’s lack of depth showed throughout the game as their three-headed monster scored 46 of the teams 65 points. Sullivan and Kalinowski each played 38 minutes and Tyler Kalinoski played the entire game before fouling out with eight seconds left in the game. Sullivan led the team in scoring with 19 points and Kalinoski also contributed with 16 points for the Wildcats.

We struggled more to run our half-court offense than we did in any other part of the season and we’ve played against some pretty darn good defensive teams” Davidson coach, Bob McKillop said. “That’s a credit to Shaka and his team that they’re not just a pressing team, but they continue their defense into the half-court.”

“I think that we have a lot of guys that can come in and help us if they are in the right frame of mind,” Smart said. “You got to have a clear head for helping your team win and playing for one another. The reality is I think that all the guys on the bench would love to be starters, but that might not be their role. If they accept that and we all have a clear head for helping our team win, than we can continue getting better be a very good team. That’s a daily process and that’s a choice that our guys have to continue to make.”

Briante Weber had four steals for the Rams and is now tied with Cookie Belcher for fourth place on the NCAA all-time career steals with 353 steals. Weber needs 33 more steals to break NCAA all-time steals record.

The Rams will have the opportunity to sweep the Wildcats win the regular season when they play again on March 5 at Davidson.

The Rams return to action on Saturday at 2:00 against the reigning A-10 champions, the Saint Joseph’s Hawks (6-7, 0-2) on WVCW.ORG. The Rams lost to the Hawks twice last season as the Hawks won in Philadelphia and in the finals of the A-10 Basketball Tournament in March. The Rams will look to exact revenge against the Hawks in their only regular season matchup to extend their winning streak to eight games.