FAIRFAX, VA (WWBT) -With an Atlantic 10 regular season title on the line, VCU put together one of its most dominant showings.
Marcus Evans sparked a 14-3 run to end the first half, part of a 44-9 run for the Rams over 16 minutes, as the Rams cruised to a 71-36 win over George Mason in Fairfax on Wednesday night. The victory clinched VCU's first ever outright A-10 regular season crown.
The game didn't start out smoothly for Mike Rhoades and company. A sloppy offensive beginning for both teams saw the Rams trailing 16-9 at the 4:37 mark of the first half. Evans went to work with less than two minutes remaining, connecting on a three pointer, a short jumper in the lane, and then another triple to end the opening frame, as VCU turned the tide and went into the locker room with a 28-21 lead.
The second half saw the Rams dominate on both ends of the floor, outscoring George Mason, 43-15, in the frame. VCU's large run included a span that saw it outscore the Patriots 23-0. George Mason shot 18.5 percent from the floor in the second half, 24.5 percent for the game.
The 36 total points scored by the Patriots are the fewest VCU has ever given up in a single contest, and the Rams' 15 league wins are their most since joining the A-10.
Evans led VCU with 13 points, while Issac Vann added 11 points and Marcus Santos-Silva scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds. The Rams also forced 22 George Mason turnovers.
Rhoades and his squad lock up the number one overall seed for next week’s Atlantic 10 Tournament in Brooklyn, but first the Rams have one more order of business in the regular season to tend to, as St. Joseph’s visits the Siegel Center on Friday for senior night.