No. 20 VCU holds Davidson shooters in check in 71-65 win
Jan. 08, 2015
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Treveon Graham had 15 points and 10 rebounds for No. 20 VCU, which held Davidson's long-range shooters in check in a 71-65 win on Wednesday night.
VCU (2-0 Atlantic 10, 12-3) built a 13-point lead midway through the second half and held on for its seventh straight win.
Melvin Johnson and freshman Terry Larrier each contributed 11 points for the Rams.
Davidson's Jack Gibbs and Tyler Kalinoski usually average 46 percent between them from 3-point range. They were just 3 of 13 against the Rams' tight man-to-man defense. Neither had a 3-pointer until less than six minutes remained.
VCU guard Briante Weber had four steals to give him 353 for his career, tying him with Nebraska's Cookie Belcher for fourth place on the all-time NCAA list. Weber added six assists.
Brian Sullivan led the Wildcats (1-1, 10-3) with 19 points, going 5 of 9 from 3-point range, and dished out six assists. Kalinoski added 16 points and Gibbs finished with 11.
VCU took a 57-44 lead on two free throws by Graham with 8:15 to go. The Wildcats then outscored the Rams 10-2 to slice their deficit to 59-54 on a 3-pointer by Gibbs, his only triple of the game at 5:26. Davidson couldn't get closer the rest of the way.
The Rams led 38-34 at halftime, as both teams had shooting troubles. VCU connected on only 39.4 percent of its shots (4 of 14 from behind the arc) while Davidson made 41.4 percent.
Davidson: The only previous meeting between these teams came in the first round of the 2005 NIT, with the Wildcats winning 77-62. ...The Wildcats are 14-91 all-time against ranked opponents and had lost 20 of its last 21.
VCU: Until falling behind Davidson 5-2 at the outset, the Rams had led wire-to-wire in five straight games and hadn't trailed since less than a minute remained in its double overtime win over Northern Iowa on Dec. 13.... Guard Jordan Burgess, who missed the last game with a sprained ankle, returned to the starting lineup and contributed four points.
Davidson: home against St. Louis on Saturday.
VCU: home against Saint Joseph's on Saturday.