NCAAB Game Recap - Florida Gulf Coast at Virginia Commonwealth
Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:00 PM EST

UMass
46
UVA
58
F
CSBak
49
Gonz
77
F
FlaAM
51
Seton
87
F
Miss
86
Mem
87
F
FlGlf
48
VACom
78
F
(N/A)
44
InWor
68
F
Morg
57
WIMil
62
F
S UT
80
ChaSo
45
F
Buck
46
Syr
97
F
DeP
72
BC
67
F
ArkLR
58
NCSU
74
F
UNCW
66
FlInt
63
F
E IL
63
BethC
66
F
GrgWas
78
Evans
70
F
RobM
62
Marq
66
F
YSU
66
USC-Up
61
F
E WA
90
HiPt
74
F
(N/A)
41
Toled
100
F
UNH
71
JMU
78
F
StFPA
65
FlaSt
80
F
DelSt
66
ETSU
98
F
(N/A)
60
CenMI
106
F
Charl
71
UCF
72
F
Gram
58
OrSt
80
F
StBon
57
Canis
61
F
AzSt
80
StJon
67
F
GrCan
58
Ford
70
F
NIU
68
SIU-E
64
F
Oral
59
WichSt
68
F
Troy
60
Samf
72
F
Stony
87
Wagn
84
F(OT)
E KY
51
Clev
65
F
How
69
Ball
100
F
(N/A)
69
UCSB
88
F
UCDav
62
Portl
72
F
Army
73
Bingha
88
F
Albany
72
SacHr
65
F
Penn
81
Prov
75
F
Yale
56
PSU
58
F
Manh
69
Elon
64
F
(N/A)
59
TXAMC
69
F
NJIT
63
Brown
79
F
Lib
71
Rice
59
F
IlSt
69
W Ky
83
F
Belm
55
StLou
60
F
Mercer
72
IL-C
68
F
Rider
87
Colum
63
F
Denv
49
UCRiv
73
F
UtVal
68
NDSt
62
F
Iona
75
KennSt
52
F
Presb
64
Quin
73
F
Bois
82
Pacif
76
F(3OT)
TXSo
98
NoKY
96
F(2OT)
Citad
79
Maris
75
F
Corn
66
Copp
68
F(OT)
PVAM
78
CenAR
72
F(OT)
Vermt
81
CenCT
49
F
(N/A)
62
W IL
113
F
UMKC
74
ECU
68
F
Leh
66
StMar
77
F
SamH
81
USF
90
F
Hamp
71
Ill
120
F
SeLA
60
APSU
81
F
JacSt
49
Purd
81
F
Stetsn
63
Monm
55
F
PorSt
91
SJSU
76
F
Sac
77
Pepp
72
F
(N/A)
50
Ida
100
F
SMU
72
UNLV
68
F
GASt
69
CBap
60
F

Nov 23, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Florida Gulf Coast (1-5)

16

32

48

(21) Virginia Commonwealth (5-0)

43

35

78

Evans, No. 21 VCU roll over Florida Gulf Coast 78-48
Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:07 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Five consecutive days without a game left No. 21 VCU’s players eager to get back to doing what they do best.

They took it out on Florida Gulf Coast in their return Saturday night, forcing 27 turnovers in a wear-them-down 78-48 runaway.

“That’s what our style is meant to do,” said Marcus Evans, who had 16 first-half points to match what FGCU had. “Whether it’s dead tired on your knees or mentally tired, just making mistakes, that’s what we do as the game goes on. We’re trying to wear our opponents down.”

It couldn’t have taken long for the Eagles (1-5) to feel a bit overwhelmed. They had three turnovers before attempting a shot, trailed 16-2 despite the Rams making just 5 of 15 shots and were within 26-16 before VCU put the game away with a 17-0 run heading into halftime.

“We did a good job of staying focused throughout the week and we took care of business tonight,” De’Riante Jenkins said.

Caleb Catto scored 14 points for the Eagles. They were outscored 37-3 off turnovers, forcing just eight by the Rams.

It was almost what second-year coach Michael Fly wanted to see, albeit without the lopsided outcome.

“There’s a reason we scheduled VCU and not somebody else,” Fly said, reciting a litany of connections to VCU coaches past and present. “This has been a program that, one, I’ve always respected, but it’s also a program we’re trying to emulate and I told our guys that.”

The Rams took their largest lead at 63-28 with just over 12 minutes to play before FGCU made it respectable with a 17-3 run over the next seven minutes. Much of it came against Rams reserves, but Fly still felt good about the way his team kept fighting to the end.

The final score wasn��t pretty, he figured, “but six years ago we came into this building and lost about by 30 and ended up in the Sweet 16, so I told our team this is a growing experience.” The 2013 Eagles rose from a No. 15 seed to the NCAA Tournament’s third round.

“I thought then it really helped us to grow and learn,” he said.

Marcus Santos-Silva added nine points and 11 rebounds and Jenkins scored 11 points for VCU.

The Rams shot 38%, but had 18 second chance points (off 19 offensive rebounds) to just four such points for the Eagles.

BIG PICTURE

FGCU: The Eagles have had two coaches, Andy Enfield and Joe Dooley, leave after having some NCAA Tournament success in the past six years, and Fly has a young team that tried to run with the Rams with disastrous results. At halftime they had 16 turnovers and only six field goals.

VCU: The Rams have only one speed - breakneck - and practice it against every team they play. They have outscored their five opponents 138-66 off turnovers. “It just feels normal to us. That’s what we do. That’s when we are at our best,” Jenkins said.

RANKED AGAIN

The Rams climbed back into the Top 25 during their idle week, a nice consolation prize to not getting to play.

“We’d be lying if we say it’s not cool,” Evans said, “but after we see it, we have to lock back in.

UP NEXT

The Eagles return home to play Florida Tech on Tuesday night.

The Rams have a quick turnaround, hosting Alabama State on Monday night.

Leaders

Florida Gulf Coast PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
L. Ricca 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Largie 0 0 0 2 0 0
Virginia Commonwealth PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. McAllister 0 0 0 1 0 0
H. Ward 0 0 0 4 0 1

Team Comparison

FlGlf VACom
Points For 48 78
Field Goals 19/50-38% 28/76-37%
Three Pointers 7/17-41% 9/30-30%
Free Throws 3/4-75% 13/16-81%
Offensive Rebounds 8 19
Defensive Rebounds 29 23
Rebounds 39 44
Blocks 7 8
Steals 5 15
Turnovers 27 8
Personal Fouls 8 9
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Nov 23 FlGlf 48 @ VACom 78 T. Hector Jr. 2 M. Crowfield 3

Game Information

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