RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - VCU opened the game on an 18-0 run and never looked back, topping Maryland-Eastern Shore, 106-66, in the Rams' second game of the Legends Classic on Thursday night. Shaka Smart and company jumped out to a 3-0 start to the season for the second straight year.
After the fast start, the Hawks would pull to within 12 and trim the score to 38-26, prompting Shaka Smart to call a timeout with 8:39 remaining in the first half. Whatever message the VCU head coach was sending got through to his players. Up 40-26 coming out of the timeout, the Rams ended the half on a 21-4 run to take a 61-30 lead into halftime.
VCU would come out firing in the second half ,scoring the frame's first seven points. The Rams would open up the lead to as many as 45 points and cruise to the win.
Freshman Terry Larrier led five VCU players in double figures with 21 points. Treveon Graham added 17 points, eclipsing the 1,400 career point mark. Doug Brooks scored a career-high eleven points, while Melvin Johnson and Justin Tillman chipped in ten points each. Briante Weber dished out seven assists and tallied two steals, now only needed 79 steals to set an all-time NCAA career steals record.
The 15th-ranked Rams return to action Monday, as they face number 12 Villanova at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Tip-off is set for 7:00pm.