Graham fuels comeback as VCU wins at Rhode Island

Graham fuels comeback as VCU wins at Rhode Island

KINGSTON, RI (WWBT) - Entering Tuesday's game at Rhode Island, VCU had trailed just 36 seconds of its last 315 minutes of basketball. The Rams would find themselves trailing for a good portion of Tuesday's contest, but had the lead when it counted.

Treveon Graham scored 26 points and pulled down eight rebounds and sparked a second half comeback, leading VCU to a 65-60 win at Rhode Island. After jumping out to a quick lead, Shaka Smart's Rams would see the home team go on a 15-4 run to take an 18-11 in the first half. VCU would head into the locker room trailing 35-28 at halftime.

The early portion of the second half saw Rhode Island maintain its lead, and featured one scary moment in particular. Treveon Graham left the game after injuring his ankle early in the frame, but he would return to help lead the Rams back. His three pointer with 12:02 remaining pulled VCU to within one at 41-40, but Rhody responded with an 8-0 run of its own to widen the lead back to nine points.

Graham and Mo Alie-Cox would respond and help VCU pull even at 51-51 with 5:35 remaining, and Smart's squad would put together a 12-2 run to take the lead and lock up the win.

In addition to Graham, Alie-Cox chipped in ten points and three blocks, but the Rams struggled from the free throw line, connecting on just nine of 21 attempts. E.C. Matthews led Rhode Island with 22 points.

17th-ranked VCU won its ninth straight game, the third longest winning streak under Shaka Smart. The Rams are now 14-3, 4-0 in the Atlantic 10, and travel to Duquesne for a 2:00pm tip-off on Saturday.

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