In the second semifinal game of the Atlantic 10 Tournament, VCU was able to use a 7-0 Traveon Graham run to boost themselves into a five point lead just three minutes into the second half before finishing off the Colonials 74-55. Graham finished with a game-high 22 points on 8-11 shooting.
VCU also had a three minute period that ended with seven minutes left, where they hit three shot clock beating jumpers, two of those were three pointers by Rob Brandenburg who finished nine points. The Rams played the majority of the game without Melvin Johnson, the Atlantic 10’s Sixth Man of the Year, who left six minutes into the game with four points. It took VCU a little while to recover, but Briante Weber stepped up in a large way for the second straight game finishing with 16 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds.
Mo Alie-Cox came in for 17 strong minutes for the Rams and finished with eight points, seven rebounds, and two blocks. Coach Shaka Smart said, “I thought he (Alie-Cox) had 10 blocks.” It seemed that way because he was a force to reckoned with inside, holding Kevin Larsen and Isaiah Armwood to just seven combined points in the second half. Armwood finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds to lead the way for the Colonials and for the second straight Nemanja Mikic provided a spark for the Colonials scoring 12 points on 4-7 from three.
The Rams will take on St. Joe’s tomorrow at 1:30 pm for the Atlantic 10 Championship. St. Joe’s beat the Rams in their only matchup this year in Phildaelphia.