Spiders and Rams team up in Commonwealth Challenge

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - VCU and U of R made history as two teams from the same city to make it to the same regional in the same year.  The seniors from those two teams joined forces Thursday night to put on a show at the Siegel Center.

The seniors played as the "Hoopstown All-Stars" in the first ever Commonwealth Collegiate Challenge.  VCU's Joey Rodriguez, Ed Nixon, Jamie Skeen and Brandon Rozzell joined Richmond's Kevin Anderson and Dan Geriot to battle a group of players from all over the state. Also Randolph-Macon was represented with players on both teams - Danny Jones played for the Hoopstown All-Stars, while guard Eric Pugh played for the "Commonwealth All-Stars".

Pugh joined Old Dominion's Keyon Carter and Ben Finney, Georgetown's Austin Freeman, George Mason's Isiah Tate, Virginia Tech's Terrell Bell and William & Mary's Marcus Kitts.

There was little defense played by either side, and even less work done by the officials.  There were 137 points scored combined in the first half, and only one foul called in the first frame.  The Commonwealth All-Stars came back from a 17 point halftime deficit to force overtime, and eventually downed the players from UR and VCU 131-127. But, the final score was fairly inconsequential.  It was more about the show, and the opportunity for seniors to play one more game with a few of their teammates, and with players from other schools.

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