LAHAINA, HI (WWBT) - Sophomore De'Riante Jenkins scored 27 points and pulled down eleven rebounds to lead VCU to a bounce-back 83-69 victory over California on Tuesday in the Maui Invitational. Jenkins was efficient from the floor, hitting eleven of his 14 shots.
The Rams controlled the game from the opening tip-off, beginning the contest on a 7-0 run. They would dictate the pace early and open up a 23-6 lead by the 12:34 mark of the first half. The gap would swell even more, as Jenkins' three-pointer at the buzzer gave VCU a 55-29 halftime lead.
The second half would see more of the same, as the Rams kept the lead around 20 points until both teams emptied their benches in the final minute and California would pick up some buckets in the final stretch, with the game already well in hand.
It didn't take Mike Rhoades' club long to clean up some of the issue that plagued it during Monday's loss to Marquette. VCU won the rebounding battle, 39-34, and the Golden Bears connected on just four three-pointers, after Marquette hit 13 on Monday. The Rams also capitalized on the fast break, outscoring Cal, 29-10.
VCU shot 50 percent from the floor and hit 12 three pointers.
Jenkins was the only Ram in double-figures, but a balanced attack followed. Justin Tillman, Jonathan Williams, and Sean Mobley each added nine points apiece. Tillman chipped in eight rebounds, Williams dished out eight assists, and Mobley scored all of his points via the three-pointer.
Issac Vann missed Tuesday's game with a high ankle sprain and will likely be out about a week.
VCU will wrap up its stay in Maui on Wednesday against either Michigan or Chaminade at 5:00pm ET.