VCU celebrated its 82nd consecutive sell-out crowd with a #GoldOut as they hosted the rival Richmond Spiders on Friday night. The Rams came away with a 87-74 victory, earning their
20th win of the season and a sweep over the Spiders.
VCU (20-7, 12-2) won behind a balanced offensive attack. The Rams had five players hit double
digit point totals, with Melvin Johnson leading the way with 20 points. He shot 4/8 from behind
the arc on a night he tied B.A. Walker for most 3-pointers in school history. The Rams hit 11 3-
pointers on the night.
“I wanted to break it tonight,” Johnson said after the game. “That’s what I worked toward all
summer, to be number 1,” he said.
VCU got big contributions from almost everyone, as Justin Tillman scored 15 points, Jordan
Burgess drilled four 3-pointers and had 14, JeQuan Lewis had 13 points and 10 assists and Mo
Alie-Cox had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
“I’ve got to give a lot of credit to VCU, I thought they came out and played aggressively,”
Richmond coach Chris Mooney said after the game.
VCU ended the night with a 41-21 rebounding advantage, with 15 of those rebounds being on
the offensive end.
“They were just more aggressive than we were,” said Richmond forward T.J. Cline.
Richmond (14-12, 6-8) shot the ball well tonight, shooting 52.5% from the floor and 50% from 3.
T.J. Cline led the Spiders with 22 points, and ShawnDre’ Jones and Marshall Wood contributed
12 points apiece.
With the win, VCU is now a half game ahead of Dayton and St. Joes for the conference lead.
Both teams play tomorrow night.
The Rams travel to Fairfax on Wednesday to take on George Mason. The Spiders host George
Washington on Wednesday.
– Gabe Hauari