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VCU rides past Rider 90-79 (12-30-18)

By: Tyrone Montgomery Jr.

Headline Photo Credit: Robb Johnson-LMS Network

The VCU Rams handled business against the Rider Broncs 90-79. The key to victory here was balanced scoring. Led by Mike’l Simms (15 Points) and Marcus Evans (14 Points), the Rams had 5 players in double digits. Every coach’s dream is to have a balanced attack and not have a single player carry the load.

VCU’s Michael Gilmore with the slam vs Rider!
(Photo Credit: Robb Johnson-LMS Network)

Coach Rhoades did a great job implementing that gameplan against Rider. These guys were also sharing the rock as they had a +4 in Assist in this matchup. The game of basketball has changed drastically over the years. Losing a guy like Justin Tillman is unfortunate, but it also opens up a lot of opportunities for the offense as we saw in this game. The Rams were also a +4 with three-pointers. Generally, whoever hits the most 3’s in a game have the best chance to win and VCU did just that.

VCU are ready for A10 play starting January 5th, 2019
(Photo Credit: Robb Johnson-LMS Network

The Rams are rolling as they are leading the Atlantic 10 Division. With conference play set to begin with their next game January 5th @ Fordham at 2 PM, VCU finds themselves in the driver seat and they may take this Division Title this year. Marcus Evans has been a pleasant surprise and has uplifted this offense to compete with the best of them. There is no reason not to expect VCU to make the 64 Team NCAA Basketball Tournament.