VCU’s 71-54 win over Georgia State Wednesday night couldn’t have looked any more different than the Rams’ 76-66 loss to the Panthers Jan. 3 in Atlanta. Rob Brandenberg scored 16 of his 23 points in the first half and Jamie Skeen added 15 in the victory, VCU’s fifth straight and seventh in eight games.

Here were a few of the keys to victory:

  • Eric Buckner, who blasted the Rams with 28 points and nine rebounds in the first meeting, scored just six points and did not attempt a field goal. Said GSU Coach Rod Barnes, “They were very physical with him. They did a good job of boxing him out. Last time he was able to get some scores in transition, but we weren’t able to do that tonight because we turned it over.”
  • Speaking of turnovers, VCU forced a season-high 24, which led to 27 points.
  • VCU also kept the rebounding edge, which was plus 18 in favor of the Panthers in the first meeting, to just 38-32 in favor of Georgia State. Given that the Rams took 16 more shots than the Panthers, that’s pretty reasonable.
  • Dante Curry, who leads the CAA in 3-point field goals made (3.1) was just 2-of-10 from long range Wednesday.
  • Rob Brandenberg is really, really good.
  • Troy Daniels knocked down 3-of-7 3-pointers and scored 10 points.

QUOTES OF THE NIGHT

  • Jamie Skeen (on David Hinton’s dunk in the closing seconds): “I told David after the game, I told him, all the time he’s up in the weight room, he should’ve broke the rim off. That little soft dunk ain’t gonna cut it, man. He wakes up in the weight room, so he needs to break the rim off. I told him that next time, you’d better hang on the rim and get a technical foul or something.”
  • Georgia State Coach Rod Barnes (his opening statement in the presser): “We got our butts kicked. Questions?”

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