RICHMOND, Va. – If I told you that Bradford Burgess would play 19 minutes and score a grand total of two points in Saturday’s critical game with Old Dominion, would you like VCU’s chances? What if I said that Darius Theus would hand out zero assists or that Juvonte Reddic would score six points?
I imagine if you were a VCU fan, you’d be pretty uneasy with the prospect of some of the Rams’ linchpins struggling in key areas. I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t expect VCU to coast to a 61-48 win.
VCU (15-5, 6-2 CAA) showed it has some substance Saturday night before the 13th straight sellout at the Verizon Wireless Arena. The Rams proved that while this is Burgess’ team, he doesn’t have to go it alone.
With Burgess on the bench for large swaths of both halves in foul trouble, the Rams still managed to pull away from the Monarchs (11-9, 6-2 CAA). Troy Daniels, 1-of-6 from the field in the first half, buried three straight 3-pointers midway through the second to give VCU a commanding 49-35 lead and put Old Dominion on the ropes.