VIDEO: VCU DEFEATS FORDHAM 76-60

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SHAKA SMART

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MELVIN JOHNSON, JORDAN BURGESS, BRIANTE WEBER

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FORDHAM COACH TOM PECORA

HIGH PRAISE FROM PECORA AND CO.

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Fordham Coach Tom Pecora is 0-9 as a head coach at VCU's Siegel Center.

Fordham Coach Tom Pecora is 0-9 as a head coach at VCU’s Siegel Center.

RICHMOND, Va. – Fordham Coach Tom Pecora knows VCU and the Verizon Wireless Arena well. He was the head coach at Hofstra from 2001-2010 and waged many a battle with VCU on this floor. He knows how hard it is to win here, too. After Wednesday’s 74-60 loss to VCU, Pecora is 0-9 all-time as a head coach in the building.

Following the game, he offered high praise for the program and gameday atmosphere VCU has built over the years.

I was talking to Mike Litos before the game…and I was telling him, I remember coming here in 2000 as the head coach at Hofstra after being the assistant there for seven years, and it was our first year in the CAA, and maybe 2,000 people [here] at a home game, and now you see the place rocking, and the band’s going, and the place is packed, and it’s just a great college basketball atmosphere. So, kudos to everybody here who’s part of making game night as good as it is here. I like pulling up to arenas and seeing people waiting to get in. It’s a good feeling for college basketball.

On the down side of that, as I was walking in and I said, hell, I’ve come in here with some pretty good Hofstra teams and never won, I’m coming in with a Fordham team that’s not that good yet.

Meanwhile, Fordham reserve Jared Fay was also impressed.

This season alone, Fordham has played games at Syracuse, versus St. John’s at Madison Square Garden, at Saint Louis and at UMass.

VCU STRIDES INTO A-10 LEAD AT HALFWAY POINT

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Sophomore Treveon Graham is averaging 18.5 points per game in Atlantic 10 play.

Sophomore Treveon Graham is averaging 18.5 points per game in Atlantic 10 play.

RICHMOND, Va. – VCU reached the halfway mark of its inaugural Atlantic 10 Conference season Saturday in an enviable position, alone in first place.

The Rams, who also benefited from Richmond’s win over Xavier Saturday, cruised to their lofty perch with an 81-65 trouncing of Fordham that wasn’t even really that close. At 18-5 overall and 6-2 in the very much still up-for-grabs league, VCU has plenty to crow about.

“I think we’re doing pretty good so far,” sophomore Treveon Graham said. “We’ve got a long way to go.”

It’s already been a season of great highs – a 13-game winning streak and national ranking – and painful lows – a stunning overtime loss to rival Richmond is likely still fresh in players’ and coaches’ minds. But Sunday morning, VCU will find itself atop its new conference. The A-10 has been a dog-eat-dog league for half the season, but so far, the Rams have had one of the most dangerous barks.

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