COLUMBIA, SC (WWBT) - On a night that saw VCU’s shooting uncharacteristically poor, the Rams saw their season come to an end.
Central Florida used a 19-0 run that spanned parts of both halves to pull away, topping VCU, 73-58, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.
After the Rams took a 7-2 lead, UCF rattled off an 11-0 run to surge in front. VCU would eventually tie the game at 24, but the Knights ended the first half on a 10-0 run to take a ten point lead into the break.
Central Florida swelled the lead to 43-24 before the Rams were able to score again.
VCU fought until the end, trimming the deficit to seven with 4:53 remaining in the game, but the Knights answered with some timely shooting to silence the Rams’ momentum.
VCU missed its first 13 three-point attempts and finished the night 6-of-26 from beyond the arc.
Maliek Crowfield led the Rams with 11 points while De’Riante Jenkins added 10.
The Rams finish their season 25-8 and have most of their roster returning for next year.
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