VCU defeated St. Louis 85-52 on Saturday night at the Siegel Center to snap a 2-game losing streak. The Rams (18-7, 10-2) dashed out to a 17-7 lead in the first five minutes of action, and used a barrage of 3’s to build a 20-point lead at halftime. The Rams shot 53% from 3 in the first half and forced 13 turnovers.
Korey Billbury was the player of the game for the Rams, as he scored 18 of his 20 points in the first half. The Rams, however, got contributions from everyone, as they ended up with five players in double figures. Justin Tillman, who had 12 points and 11 rebounds, finished with his fourth double-double of the season.
St. Louis (8-16, 3-9) struggled all game with the pace, as VCU coach Will Wade made a surprising decision to start four guards around big-man Mo Alie-Cox.
“Teams have adjusted to us, so I felt like it was a good move,” Wade said. “He can really guard. He’s a physical defender.”
The Billikens were paced by freshman guard Jermaine Bishop, who finished with 16 points. Leading scorer Ash Yacoubou struggled, going 3/9 and finishing with 6 points. The Billikens have lost five straight games.
“We couldn’t finish around the rim,” St. Louis coach Jim Crews said. “VCU is a very good basketball team.”
The Rams host Rhode Island on Tuesday, while St. Louis will travel to Fairfax to take on George Mason.
– Gabe Hauari