Atlanta, GA (WWBT)- VCU entered Saturday with two conference losses, one courtesy of Georgia State, which beat the Rams by a 55-53 count back on January 4 at the Siegel Center. Saturday say the Rams travel to Atlanta in hopes of returning the favor and on a six game winning streak.
Juvonte Reddic posted a double-double to lead VCU to the 59-58 win over the Panthers at Georgia State Sports Arena. The win marks the Rams' seventh straight and it's the fifth time in the last six games they've held their opponent to less than 60 points. The one point win may be a bit deceiving, as the Rams held an eight point lead with 40 seconds to play, after dominating most of the second half. Josh Michaeux scored eight points in that span, with one being a meaningless three pointer at the buzzer, but a free throw by Briante Weber iced it before that point. VCU took a 5-4 lead at the 17:43 mark of the first half and never trailed after that, despite the Panthers' best efforts.
Troy Daniels led the Rams with 15 points, all via the three pointer. Reddic posted eleven points and ten rebounds, while Darius Theus chipped in ten points and seven assists. Georgia State's Jihad Ali scored a game high 18 points in the Panthers' losing effort.
With the victory, VCU improves to 18-5, 9-2 in the CAA, and remains one game behind George Mason for the top spot in the conference standings. The Patriots topped JMU on Saturday, 89-79. Shaka Smart's club returns to action on Wednesday when VCU travels to William and Mary.