NCAAB Game Recap - North Texas at Virginia Commonwealth
Fri Nov 8, 2019 7:00 PM EST

E KY
49
KY
91
F
UNCG
62
Kansas
74
F
ColSt
55
Duke
89
F
UNC
78
UNCW
62
F
IL-C
46
Mem
92
F
Baylor
64
Wash
67
F
Web
34
UtSt
89
F
Sien
63
Xav
81
F
BGSU
79
LSU
88
F
David
66
Aub
76
F
N TX
56
VACom
59
F
(N/A)
51
E MI
93
F
(N/A)
76
Mercer
84
F
Oakl
53
Del
56
F
(N/A)
62
USC-Up
103
F
USMMA
43
Army
80
F
(N/A)
64
SCSt
79
F
(N/A)
53
Norf
93
F
(N/A)
54
Elon
95
F
Dart
68
Buff
63
F
Akr
84
WVU
94
F
(N/A)
65
Jacksn
83
F
ArkSt
43
Miss
71
F
(N/A)
37
Yale
94
F
Maris
58
VMI
56
F
Copp
42
VaTec
74
F
(N/A)
31
Tows
100
F
Vermt
61
StBon
59
F
StFPA
98
Rich
100
F(OT)
ChaSo
49
NCAT
63
F
FlAtl
60
Mia-FL
74
F
UMassL
87
LongI
74
F
Longw
65
GMas
76
F
LoyIL
63
Furm
87
F
Niag
64
Drex
72
F
Rider
81
DelSt
54
F
SacHr
67
UConn
89
F
W&M
79
Amer
70
F
(N/A)
47
Campbl
101
F
TexSA
60
SIU
72
F
(N/A)
66
CoCar
102
F
Radf
60
Lib
66
F
FaDi
59
DeP
70
F
E IL
52
Wisc
65
F
(N/A)
71
NW
61
F
NoKY
56
Mizzu
71
F
SamH
58
MisSt
67
F
(N/A)
61
Lamar
106
F
Harv
79
NE
84
F
Reinh
55
GaSo
109
F
Eccle
52
Gram
147
F
HBU
81
Oral
95
F
(N/A)
59
FlInt
101
F
ECU
57
Navy
62
F
MsVl
49
Utah
143
F
Ill
83
GrCan
71
F
SIU-E
60
Iowa
87
F
SDak
72
Pacif
62
F
CalLu
56
CBap
112
F
CAPoly
63
SCla
77
F
(N/A)
27
Sac
76
F
InWor
61
N CO
83
F
AzSt
71
Colora
81
F
Portl
65
USC
76
F
FlaAM
52
HI
65
F

Nov 8, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

North Texas (1-1)

21

35

56

(25) Virginia Commonwealth (2-0)

31

28

59

Simms hits late 3s, No. 25 VCU holds off North Texas 59-56
Fri Nov 8, 2019 10:28 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Mike'L Simms didn't care that he had missed all six of his shots when the ball came to him with just over two minutes to play.

When he let fly from the top of the key, it gave No. 25 VCU three critical points in what became a 59-56 victory against North Texas on Friday night.

The Mean Green responded with a 3-pointer of their own by DJ Draper, but Simms hit again from the top of the key with the shot clock running down.

"My teammates trust me and I trust myself," Simms said.

Marcus Evans led VCU (2-0) with 13 points and De'Riante Jenkins had 12, including two free throws with 10.5 seconds left.

The Mean Green (1-1) had a chance to tie it but never got off a shot against the Rams' tight defense.

"That was a grind," Rams coach Mike Rhoades said. "It was a good test for us even though when we got the lead we couldn't keep it."

North Texas trailed most of the night but went ahead 48-47 on Draper's 3-pointer with 5:25 to play. Jenkins answered with two free throws, and after a miss at the other end, Corey Douglas scored on a putback for the Rams, just their second field goal in 12 attempts.

After two free throws by Umoja Gibson pulled North Texas within 51-50, Simms connected on a 3-pointer from the top of the key, his first field goal in seven tries. He did it again with 1:10 to play after Draper's fourth 3-pointer pulled the Mean Green to within 54-53 with 1:41 remaining.

Early in the season, tense final minutes are "huge," Rhoades said. "It's great for guys to go through that."

The atmosphere was great for the Mean Green, coach Grant McCasland said, but the outcome was not.

"We gave ourselves a chance to win," he said. "Extremely disappointed that we didn't."

The Rams trailed 19-11 before holding North Texas scoreless for more than nine minutes while scoring 20 consecutive points. Jenkins had eight points in the burst, and Malik Crowfield and Evans hit 3-pointers. The Mean Green had 13 turnovers in the opening half, nine during the Rams 20-point blitz.

"You turn the ball over to this group and they start going up and down, it's over," McCasland said.

BIG PICTURE

North Texas: The Mean Green had 13 first-half turnovers that led to 16 VCU points, but they turned that around in the second half with just five more giveaways.

VCU: The Rams were outscored 26-10 in the paint and 16-7 on second-chance points as Marcus Santos-Silva, who had 21 points and 18 rebounds in their opener, was quiet, finishing with just three points and seven rebounds.

UP NEXT

North Texas plays at Arkansas next Tuesday night.

The Rams face former coach Will Wade and No. 22 LSU next Wednesday night.

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Leaders

North Texas PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
L. Wise 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Draper 12 0 0 3 1 0
Virginia Commonwealth PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Curry 0 0 1 0 1 1
M. Evans 13 0 1 2 2 0

Team Comparison

N TX VACom
Points For 56 59
Field Goals 21/52-40% 17/46-37%
Three Pointers 8/25-32% 10/26-38%
Free Throws 6/8-75% 15/20-75%
Offensive Rebounds 12 12
Defensive Rebounds 19 19
Rebounds 34 37
Blocks 2 5
Steals 5 10
Turnovers 18 18
Personal Fouls 20 15
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - VACom Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Fri Nov 8 N TX 56 @ VACom 59 J. Simmons 2 V. Williams 1

Game Information

Stadium: Stuart Siegel Center, Richmond, Virginia
Attendance: 7,637
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