By Jakob Vaughan
March 6th, 2019
At the beginning of the season VCU was picked to finish 7th in the A-10 preseason poll. After Tuesday night’s victory VCU clinched its first outright Atlantic 10 regular-season title. VCU traveled to George Mason in a highly anticipated regular-season matchup between two A-10 foes. The first half did not go as planned for VCU, as the team was 6 of 25 from the field shooting 25 percent. At halftime the Rams lead the Patriots 28 to 21.
Once the second half began the energy shifted towards the Rams and VCU took the game over. The shooting was different in the second half as the Rams shot 54.1% and was led by their team leader, point guard Marcus Evans with 13 points. George only totaled 15 points in the second half, which was a season low for them. The Rams throttled George Mason in the second half going on a 23-0 run and held the Patriots to 36 points on 24.5 percent shooting. The 23-0 run by VCU ended in a 35-5 run to close out the game, beating George Mason for the 6th time out of their last 7 matchups. The box score of Tuesday’s game was:
1st half: Rams 28 Patriots 21
2nd half: Rams 43 Patriots 15
Total: Rams 71 Patriots 36
VCU set a school record for fewest points allowed in a game holding George Mason to 36 points. Chants of “VCU!” broke out at George Mason echoing throughout the EagleBank Arena in a dominant performance. The Rams went 2-0 against the Patriots this season with a 79-63 victory on February 2nd and Tuesday night’s 71-36 victory. George Mason drops to a record of 16 and 14.
VCU now has won 11th in a row with an overall record of 24-6 and 15-2 in the conference. The VCU Rams will finish their regular season on Friday night at home in the Siegel Center against Saint Joseph’s. After this Friday night, the team will travel to Brooklyn for the A-10 tournament on March 15th.