Philadelphia, PA (WWBT)- The VCU men's basketball team hoped to avoid its first back-to-back losses since November and pick up a win over CAA preseason favorite Drexel on Sunday night. In a game that was back and forth the entire way, the Rams found themselves on the short end when the buzzer sounded.
Drexel hits its free throws down the stretch and the Rams went cold from the floor in the second half, as the Dragons handed VCU its second straight loss and second CAA loss of the year, 64-58. The contest was hotly contested for the entire 40 minutes, and the two teams were deadlocked at 32 entering halftime. The second half saw VCU struggle from the field, especially from long range. After hitting seven three pointers in the first half, the Rams went 0-for-9 from downtown in the second stanza, which helped contribute to the loss.
Something else that hurt the Rams was poor free throw shooting. VCU entered the game leading the CAA in free throw percentage, but a 9-for-20 performance went a long way in costly Shaka Smart's club the game.
Bradford Burgess led VCU with 19 points in the losing effort, while Juvonte Reddic chipped in 15 points. Reddic also grabbed a team high eight rebounds, while Darius Theus led VCU with six assists. Drexel's Frantz Massenat posted a game high 24 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor.
VCU returns to action on Thursday when the Rams host James Madison at the Siegel Center. Tip-off is set for 6:00 pm.