RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — It is the holiday edition of the blog tonight as the VCU Rams (8-3) face the University of Louisianna-Monroe Warhawks (5-6) of the Sun Belt Conference.
This is the first meeting between the two schools.
Tonight’s starters: JeQuan Lewis, Justin Tillman, Jonathan Williams, Mo Alie-Cox, Jordan Burgess.
PHOTOS: VCU Rams Basketball 2016-2017
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15:12 — Slow start for the Rams but you can see the momentum shift already. VCU 9 — ULM 6.
11:41 — Looks like I spoke too soon. VCU 14 — ULM 15.
Stat line: VCU is shooting 25 percent from the 3 point line.
Halftime: UJM 34 — VCU 32
Stat line: ULM has 19 points off VCU turnovers.
11:00 — Behind baskets from Mo Alie-Cox and Doug Brooks, VCU takes the lead. VCU 50 — ULM 46.
Stat line: Doug Brooks has come on in the 2nd half. All 9 of his points are in the second frame.
Stat line: Lewis, Doughty, Alie-Cox, Brooks — all in double figures.
Final: VCU 78 — ULM 65
POG: VCU did not come alive until Doug Brooks got hot in the second half with five 3-balls for 15 points. He takes home the hardware.
Final thought: VCU survives an early scare and give their fans an early Christmas gift. The veteran leadership of Lewis, Brooks, and Alie-Cox carried the team through the storm. Moving forward, VCU will have to get a handle on their turnover issues (although only four of their 14 TOs came in the 2nd half). Nice to see so many Rams in double figures.
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