NCAAB Game Recap - Fordham at Virginia Commonwealth
Thu Jan 2, 2020 7:00 PM EST

Gonz
85
Portl
72
F
Oreg
65
Colora
74
F
Ill
56
MSU
76
F
Dayt
84
LaSal
58
F
UTEP
67
FlInt
69
F
SFA
82
SeLA
71
F
StFPA
63
Bry
67
F
Lib
59
FlGlf
46
F
Colum
72
Maine
75
F(OT)
JMU
64
UNCW
60
F
Wagn
66
MtStM
47
F
StLou
59
Duques
73
F
GASt
69
App
60
F
Jacksn
57
N AL
62
F
N TX
84
W Ky
93
F
NFla
76
KennSt
57
F
Longw
67
Winth
91
F
Ford
46
VACom
64
F
Lipsco
66
Stetsn
63
F
StJos
52
Rich
84
F
Minn
78
Purd
83
F(2OT)
UNCA
77
Presb
79
F
MidTN
60
OlDom
70
F
Elon
68
NE
77
F
UAB
44
Charl
51
F
Leh
58
Navy
64
F
Rice
69
Marsh
89
F
HolyC
70
LoyMD
80
F
W&M
88
Hof
61
F
TexSA
64
FlAtl
79
F
Vermt
77
Dart
68
F
Amer
51
Colg
65
F
GaSo
70
CoCar
67
F
Tows
69
Charl
81
F
GWebb
67
Campbl
65
F
Army
65
Buck
67
F
URI
75
Brown
85
F
Lafy
72
Boston
73
F
SamH
94
McNee
75
F
TxSt
68
ArkLR
72
F
(N/A)
65
SacHr
57
F
FaDi
63
StFNY
79
F
TNTec
59
E KY
74
F
USC-Up
75
ChaSo
89
F
RobM
89
CenCT
78
F
TexAr
73
ArkSt
52
F
NWSt
62
TXAMC
67
F
SthAL
60
ULLa
57
F
InWor
60
Nich
76
F
Lamar
74
NOrl
67
F
Troy
63
ULMo
79
F
Seatt
86
UMKC
90
F(3OT)
CenAR
107
HBU
111
F(OT)
UtVal
94
ChiSt
73
F
TN-M
76
Murr
89
F
SIU-E
79
Belm
69
F
OrSt
69
Utah
81
F
E IL
79
TNSt
84
F
SEMO
63
APSU
78
F
Mont
60
S UT
58
F
MTSt
59
N CO
68
F
N DA
82
Denv
71
F
W IL
74
NDSt
94
F
JacSt
76
MorSt
72
F
Oral
79
SDSt
96
F
PorSt
61
Ida
72
F
(N/A)
66
UCSB
87
F
TexPA
67
CBap
76
F
UCLA
66
Wash
64
F
Pacif
59
Pepp
56
F
USD
58
LoyMa
64
F
USC
65
WaSt
56
F
Cal
52
Stan
68
F
StMar
69
USF
58
F

Jan 2, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Fordham (6-7)

25

21

46

Virginia Commonwealth (11-3)

35

29

64

Simms' 14 points lead VCU past Fordham, 64-46
Thu Jan 2, 2020 10:06 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) VCU likes being the favorite, but it loves being the underdog.

The preseason pick to win the Atlantic-10 Conference, VCU was listed sixth in the final nonconference standings before opening league play against Fordham on Thursday night. They played like they have something to prove.

It's almost like last season, De'Riante Jenkins said, when VCU was picked to finish seventh in the preseason, then won the regular season championship.

"Great things came from that (underdog) mentality," Jenkins said after the Rams' 64-46 victory against Fordham. "We're just going to keep that mentality."

Mike'L Simms scored 14 points, Marcus Santos-Silva had 11 and the Rams used big runs in each half to coast to victory. The Rams (11-3) had a 14-1 run in the first half and a 16-1 spurt early in the second half to put the game away.

The latter left VCU with a 57-31 lead with 11 minutes left and Fordham never challenged.

"We know that every game we're going to have a target on our backs and everyone's just going to come at us, so we're just hungry," Santos-Silva said.

Onyi Eyisi scored 13 points and Erten Gazi 10 to lead the visiting Rams (6-7). Fordham turned the ball over 18 times leading to 22 points for VCU.

"The biggest problem is their defense in the halfcourt," Fordham coach Jeff Neubauer said. "I mean, they are absolutely elite and we've talked to our team a lot over the past two years about trying to become more like VCU defensively. They're just that good."

VCU already led 14-10 when it launched a 14-1 run miday through the first half. But Fordham answered immediately with a 14-4 burst to close to within 32-25 before Nah'Shon Hyland beat the halftime buzzer with a 3-pointer for VCU.

VCU played without reserves Malik Crowfield (broken wrist) and Corey Douglas (left foot), and Fordham was without No. 3 scorer Antwon Portley (10.6 ppg, ankle).

BIG PICTURE

Fordham: The Rams committed 10 first-half turnovers and caused coach Jeff Neubauer to call a timeout 63 seconds into the second half. After Simms hit a 3 for VCU, Kyle Rose attempted a long pass that Santos-Silva intercepted and, seconds later, Jenkins' 3 made it 41-25, prompting the quick timeout.

VCU: The Rams are back to causing havoc with half-court traps and the like, averaging more than 19 turnovers forced per game, but their half-court defense has also improved with opponents averaging under 62 points.

"They're so consistent. They're so solid in what they do," Neubauer said. "Last year and this year, they are good as anybody in basketball."

NOT LOOKING AHEAD, BUT ...

VCU will play at George Mason and at home against Rhode Island before the first of its two games against No. 20 Dayton, which has received the lion's share of attention about the league so far. The Rams are taking games one at a time, Jenkins said, and "we have to focus on our own team. We have to play them, and we look forward to that, but we've got games to take of before that."

UP NEXT

Fordham returns home to face LaSalle on Sunday.

VCU heads up I-95 to face George Mason in Fairfax, Virginia, on Sunday.

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Leaders

Fordham PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Austin 0 0 0 1 0 0
J. Soriano 0 0 0 9 0 1
Virginia Commonwealth PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Henderson VI 0 0 0 0 0 0
I. Vann 0 0 2 3 1 0

Team Comparison

Ford VACom
Points For 46 64
Field Goals 17/43-40% 23/54-43%
Three Pointers 3/10-30% 7/22-32%
Free Throws 9/15-60% 11/21-52%
Offensive Rebounds 5 10
Defensive Rebounds 26 22
Rebounds 33 34
Blocks 4 3
Steals 4 8
Turnovers 18 9
Personal Fouls 19 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
Thu Jan 2 Ford 46 @ VACom 64 J. Colon 1 J. Clark III 1

Game Information

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