RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Briante Weber said he was a little overwhelmed during the early stages of Tuesday's game with Toledo. VCU was holding its home opener, while Weber was making his season debut, coming off a suspension. Weber said it took him a little while to get his legs under him, and once that happened, the Siegel Center certainly noticed his presence.
Weber scored 18 points, tallied nine steals, pulled down eight rebounds and dished out seven assists in VCU's 87-78 win over the Rockets. He was 3-for-4 from three point range and played 34 minutes in the game.
The Rams victory did not come easy. Toledo led by as many as six points late in the first half and took a 45-42 lead into halftime. VCU was not able to put the Rockets away until late in the game, going on a 9-0 run to take a ten point lead with 1:14 remaining.
Melvin Johnson and Treveon Graham led the Rams in scoring with 22 points each. In addition to Weber, Jordan Burgess rounded out the Rams in double figures with eleven points.
As for Weber, the most impressive stat in the eyes of his coach didn't show up in the box score. Shaka Smart says the senior guard earned a 62 on the team's effort chart, which is kept for every player in every game. Smart says they've done the effort chart since he's arrived, and that score was the highest he's ever seen. The head coach says a 30 is a good score, and Weber more than doubled that.
VCU is back in action on Thursday when the Rams host Maryland-Eastern Shore. Tip-off is set for 7:00pm.