The game wasn’t as close as the score might indicate.
The Rams defense harassed the Hens into 21 turnovers, while allowing them only five assists. VCU’s defense in its last three games has been outstanding. In this game, before a crowd of 6,877 at the Siegel Center, the home team led for all but the initial three-and-a-half minutes. Delaware got its only three-pointer with two seconds on the clock. The Hens were simply overmatched.
VCU leads the Colonial in scoring defense, holding opponents to 58 points per game. Now VCU (12-4, 5-1 in CAA) is atop the CAA standings. Delaware (8-8, 5-1 in CAA) slides down to No. 2, although it remains tied with VCU with an identical record in conference games.
“We’re learning with every game,” said a relaxed Anthony Grant, the Rams head coach. “We’re a work-in-progress, still getting better as a team.”
The Rams offense had been in a two-game slump, but showed some spark last night. Senior guard Jamal Shuler led all scorers wit 21 points; he also and grabbed six boards. Freshman forward Larry Sanders had eight points, nine rebounds and five blocks.
VCU’s next game is in Norfolk against ODU (9-9, 4-2 in CAA) at 4 p.m. on Saturday.