Coming off a 64-46 loss to Big Ten member Illinois on December 3rd, the VCU Rams were looking for a bounce back performance against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets tonight. The same went for Georgia Tech as they were coming off an embarrassing loss to Tennessee 81-58.
VCU didn’t get the win they were looking for as they fell to Georgia Tech in overtime 76-73, and going forward this loss will sting as VCU makes a push for the NCAA tournament come March. After the game head coach
Will Wade didn’t have a lot to say to the media, and just hinted at having an open conversation with his players.
“I told them what I was thinking and got some of their opinions on some things. We’ll formulate a plan here moving forward,” Wade said.
Forward Justin Tillman had a career night in which he scored 26 points to go along with nine rebounds and senior guard JeQuan Lewis added 16 points, but there will still times throughout the game in which the Rams’ offense was stagnate against the Yellow Jacket’s zone defense.
VCU didn’t play with much energy in the first half, but in the second half it looked as if VCU was a totally different team. VCU was able to take the lead late in the second half, but Georgia Tech always had an answer for the Rams, forcing the game into overtime.
In overtime, it was all Georgia Tech, even though VCU had multiple opportunities at the end to tie the game that fell short.
Now heading to Norfolk to play Old Dominion on Saturday in a rivalry game, this
may be as close to a must win for VCU early in the season as it can get.
“We’re going to move forward. It’s a tough one,” Lewis said.
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