Score: VCU 45, Cal (Pa.) 23
– VCU shot 54 percent (15-of-28) from the field and forced 11 Vulcan turnovers on the way to a 22-point lead. The Rams outscored the Vulcans
-Rob Brandenberg led VCU with nine points, while Briante Weber added eight. Doug Brooks and Treveon Graham added seven.
-The Rams limited Cal to 26 percent (8-of-31) shooting, including 3-of-19 from three.
-Despite the new rules, VCU committed just five personal fouls in the first half, compared to 13 for the Vulcans. The Rams’ first hand-check foul came on JeQuan Lewis at the 12:34 mark.
– While not usually notable for every school, it’s worth mentioning that the Rams went to a 2-3 zone midway through the first half. Kept it on for a handful of possession.
-Freshman Brooks was impressive, running down a steal at midcourt and knocking down a three from the right wing. He had seven points in the half.
-VCU used a 13-0 lead midway through the first half to push their lead to 28-7 and built on from there.
– Cal (Pa.) missed its first seven field goals and did not score until an Arman Marks 3-pointer from the left wing at the 15:23 mark of the first half.
– Brandenberg and Weber combined for 15 of Rams’ first 17 points.
VCU starters: Terrance Shannon, Juvonte Reddic, Treveon Graham, Rob Brandenberg, Briante Weber.
First subs: 17:40, Burgess/Johnson for Brandenberg/Reddic.
Tidbits: Jarred Guest in street clothes. Will not play while still recovering from a dislocated ankle. Has been back at practice for a few weeks, however.
FIRST HALF BOX