The VCU Rams beat the Binghamton Bearcats 81-42 at the Siegel Center Friday night. They had a hot three point shooting night and they rode it all night long, as the Rams hit 11 threes and JeQuan Lewis finished with 12 points, as he hit 4 of those threes. Samir Doughty also had 10 points. He and Lewis were two of four starters who were in double digits.
VCU harrassed Binghamton on the defensive end, causing 18 turnovers. Mo Alie-Cox, quiet offensively all night, was huge in leading the D as he had three momentum-bearing blocks in the contest. A number of guys contributed on the defensive end and rushed the Bearcats every possession, producing 10 steals. Freshman De’Riante Jenkins led VCU with 14 points and 10 rebounds, producing his first double-double of the season.
The first five minutes of play were sluggish and saw both teams struggle to score. VCU then rattled off a 16-0 run and held a comfortable lead throughout the game as a result. Six different players hit a three and the Rams finished at a 55 percent clip from distance. Jordan Burgess put in two threes of his own and had 10 points, 5 rebounds.
VCU scrambled, fought, and clawed for every ball. It was indicative of the performance they can give every night.
“Our biggest problem was defense last game. Lots of miscommunication plays. We were talking to each other tonight”, said Doughty.
The second half was a continuation of the first and several plays were a microcosm of what went on all night. A steal would lead to an and-1 three by Lewis. On another occasion, Alie-Cox had a huge block, as Binghamton struggled to score on their drives to the basket.
Another big theme of the night was ball security. “We like to keep it at 12 turnovers or less and that’s what we did tonight”, said Coach Wade. “We have five game goals and if we hit three out of five we’ll have a great chance to win.” The Rams played at a controlled pace all night and ran their sets patiently.
Jonathan Williams had eight points and five assists. Malik Crowfield had seven points on 3-7 FG. Nine players had at least one field goal and VCU shot a blistering 56% from the floor for the game. It is their third straight win to start the season before they head off to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
Written by Kenan Keranovic
Edited by Gabe Hauari