In a battle of rams, VCU came out victorious as they defeated Rhode Island 83-67 Tuesday night at the Siegel Center. VCU improved to 19-7 overall and 11-2 in the Atlantic 10 behind a balanced offensive effort.
Mo Alie-Cox scored 21 points, Melvin Johnson had 19, and Korey Billbury added 14 points, including a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer, as the Rams from Richmond shot 53% from the floor while forcing 16 turnovers by the Rams from Rhode Island.
Rhode Island, meanwhile, struggled mightily from the bonussphere, shooting 1-12 in the game. Leading scorer Jarvis Garrett was pestered by JeQuan Lewis all game and finished with 15 points on 5/12 shooting.
Junior guard Doug Brooks was a difference-maker for VCU, finishing with 7 steals on a day when Briante Weber was in attendance.
“That’s just Doug being Doug,” said senior Melvin Johnson.
Rhode Island had a size advantage, and that showed early in the game when they got several second-chance opportunities. Junior forward Hassan Martin finished with 19 points, while Kuran Iverson finished with 8 points and 11 rebounds.
“I knew the rebounding was going to be tough sledding when we committed to playing small, but we compensated with the steals,” said VCU coach Will Wade.
VCU hosts the Richmond Spiders on Friday, while Rhode Island hosts Duquesne on Saturday.
Rhode Island saw a whole lot of Mo tonight.