Rams bounce back with win at George Washington

Rams bounce back with win at George Washington
VCU ended its COVID-19 pause and returned to practice on Monday, January 4, 2021. (Source: WWBT NBC12)

WASHINGTON, DC (WWBT) - Bones Hyland scored 17 points to lead four VCU players in double figures, as the Rams got back into the win column with an 84-77 win at George Washington on Wednesday afternoon.

After going back and forth with the Colonials early, VCU created some space, opening up the lead to 27-19 on a dunk by Jamir Watkins at the 9:12 mark in the first half. The black and gold would hold a 41-35 advantage at the break.

The Rams took control in the second half, swelling the gap to as many as 17 points. George Washington would make a late push, but VCU held the Colonials off to go to 10-3, 3-1 in Atlantic 10 play.

Hyland tied a career-best with six steals in addition to his 17 points. It’s the 12th time he’s scored in double figures this year. Hason Ward chipped in a career-high 11 points and four blocks, while Vince Williams added 12 points, 10 of those coming in the second half. Watkins contributed 10 points, while fellow freshman Ace Baldwin dished out eight assists.

The sophomore Hyland also scored his 100th three-pointer of his college career.

VCU forced the Colonials into 23 turnovers on the afternoon, tallying 17 steals, though did commit 20 turnovers itself. Mike Rhoades’s team has forced at least 15 turnovers in every game so far this season. The Rams also scored 50 of their 84 points in the paint.

The black and gold return to action when they host Dayton on January 23 at 4:30 PM. VCU’s scheduled meeting with Richmond this Saturday was postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the Spiders.

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