VCU and the University of Richmond both won A-10 home games tonight...the Spiders went to overtime before beating St Bonaventure while VCU routed George Washington University in a game that was never close.
St Bonaventure University v. University of Richmond...February 16, 2013...6 p.m.
On the left edge of Richmond the Spiders, now 15-11 and 5-6 in the A-10, took on St Bonaventure, 11-13 and 4-7 in the A-10: UR led in the second half by as many as 13 points (49-36 at 13:03) and held a 61-51 lead with 6:40 left in the second half after a four-point play: the scoring was all on free throws for a foul and a technical foul.
The Bonnies weren't disheartened, though, and fought back from there, finally tying the game at 67 on Charlon Kloof's free throw at 0:40 on the clock. This game had a lot of fouls--three Bonnies fouled out--and, so, a lot of free throws. Richmond was 25-35 from the line to the Bonnies' 18-23.
Demetrius Conger of St Bonaventure played the whole game until he fouled out at 0:24 of overtime. St Bonaventure's Eric Mosley led all scorers with 30 points. Both teams shot close to 50% overall and each team shot great from three-point distance. Richmond shot 12-25 3s to the Bonnies' 10-22.
This game was really slow moving: I can't recall seeing so many free throws in a college game this year. Richmond outscored St Bonaventure 16-13 in overtime to win the game, 83-80.
George Washington University v. Virginia Commonwealth...February 16, 2013...7:30 p.m.
VCU, now 21-5 and 9-2 in the A-10, won in a rout as they were never challenged... they forced 25 George Washington University turnovers: VCU's ball pressure was evidenced by their 19 steals. GWU got the VCU lead down to 12 points in the second half but it wasn't a sustainable run as VCU team speed kept the Colonials from even attempting 3-point shots which would have enabled them to catch the Rams.
VCU's starters only played 117 minutes tonight: even so the Rams extended the 18-point half time lead to 27 points--on two occasions--including the final score, 84-57. VCU, as is typical, shot well but tonight they shot over 50% which isn't: they shot 32-60. Atypically, they shot only seventeen 3-pointers but they hit eight of them. GWU wasn't even able to get three-pointers launched: they were 1-7 on the night. George Washington, now 11-12 and 5-5 in the A-10, shot 21-54 overall from the field.
The Rams had bookends tonight scoring 42 points in each half: the final score was VCU 84 GWU 57. VCU's Juvonte Reddic led all scorers with 24 points.
The Virginia Commonwealth win gives the Rams a half game lead over next Tuesday's A-10 opponent: St Louis University. VCU is on the road for that game.