Saturday, January 19, 2008

Rams clobber Monarchs

This afternoon in Norfolk, Eric Maynor and Jamal Shuler, VCU’s nifty pair of guards, dropped seven treys on Old Dominion in the first half, to quiet the sold-out crowd at the Constant Convocation Center. Maynor and Shuler both finished the contest with 26 points in leading the running Rams to dealing out a rare loss at home to the stunned Monarchs: VCU 78, ODU 68.

While he was at it, Shuler grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds, dished out three assists and pulled off three steals. Not to be outdone, Maynor had 10 assists with just two turnovers; he also got six boards. During the halftime break the two star players sold popcorn and soda pop to the fans, refilled the gas tank and rotated the tires of the VCU team bus.

Many of the ODU fans were wearing a white T-shirt with a message on the front which said, "Ram: It's What's for Dinner." The hefty meal of crow those fans are chowing down on now was deep-fried and served up by Maynor, Shuler and their gritty teammates, who once again played excellent defense.

Next up for VCU (13-4, 6-1 in CAA) is a road trip to Hempstead, N.Y., on Wed., Jan. 23, to face Hofstra (4-12, 2-5 in CAA), at 7 p.m. (televised by MASN).

Colonial Athletic Association Standings
VCU ------- 6-1, 13-4 overall
GMU ------ 5-2, 13-5 overall
W&M ------- 5-2, 9-8 overall
Delaware --- 5-2, 8-9 overall
UNCW ---- 4-3, 11-8 overall
ODU ------ 4-3, 9-10 overall
JMU ------- 3-4, 10-7 overall
N’stern ---- 3-4, 7-10 overall
Towson ---- 2-5, 6-11 overall
Drexel ----- 2-5, 4-10 overall
Hofstra ----- 2-5, 4-12 overall
Ga. St. ----- 1-6, 4-13 overall

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