On the night Melvin Johnson surpassed B.A. Walker’s for the 3-point throne, it seemed as if he was the player on VCU’s roster who could make a three.
The Rams (20-8, 12-3) were defeated by the George Mason Patriots 76-69 on Wednesday night in Fairfax, as VCU converted a paltry 23% from beyond the arc. The Rams only made five 3-pointers on the night, with 4 of them coming from Johnson. He led the team with 24 points.
George Mason (10-18, 4-11) got perhaps their signature win of the season under first-year coach Dave Paulsen. The Patriots shot 50% from the field and out-rebounded VCU 47-37. They got strong performances from senior center Shevon Thompson (17 points, 12 rebounds) and junior forward Jalen Jenkins (16 points, 7 rebounds).
The Patriots also got contributions from guards Marquise Moore and Otis Livingston II, who had 15 and 11 points, respectively.
The loss puts VCU, Dayton, and St. Joes back into a 3-way tie for first place in the competitive A-10.
VCU travels to George Washington on Saturday.
George Mason takes on La Salle on Saturday.
– Gabe Hauari