If there is one thing that VCU is usually able to lean on to lead them to victory, it is their Havoc defense that Shaka Smart has brought to the University. But against Rhode Island tonight, that defense only forced 5 steals. That was not going to be remotely close enough to cut it as they were outrebounded by the Rhode Island Rams and needed to find another way to be able to win.
Tonight, they were able to lean on the fact that they were able to stop Rhode Island's shot from behind the three point line, and they were able to hit their own three point shots. Rhode Island's only 3 point basket made on the evening was hit by Sophomore Guard E.C. Matthews, who was 1-6 from behind the arc.
VCU on the other hand, shot 8-24 from behind the arc, and the extra points were what kept them in the lead. Treveon Graham was the man with the plan in this game, as he went 4-8 behind the arc, 10-17 overall shooting, and led VCU with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Graham was the best player on the floor in this contest and that's how VCU was able to get the victory.
Next up for the VCU Rams (14-3, 4-0 A10) is to stay on the road to face the Duquesne Dukes (6-8, 1-2 A10). The Rhode Island Rams (11-4, 3-1 A10) will look to stay near the top of the conference as they go on the road as well to face the Massachusetts Minutemen (9-7, 2-1 A10)