Rams "go through stuff" vs LSU in wild win at the Stu

VCU improves to 3-0 with win over former coach Will Wade

Wes McElroy
November 13, 2019 - 9:02 pm

VCU and LSU was a highly anticpated November match up for many reasons.

Once the ball tipped it felt more like 40 minutes of a game with a March-like feel.

In a game that was hyped with off an off the court storyline of Will Wade's return to the Siegel Center, the story became what transpired on the floor as the Rams won an 84-82 classic.

"It was an awesome game," said Rhoades. "A term I used where I'm from is gut check. It's where you lay your guts on the line."

The Rams put their guts on the line and gassed out the Tigers with 37 points off 26 turnovers. 24 points came in the first half off takeaways.

VCU had five players in double digits led by Marcus Santos-Silva's 17 and moved the ball recording 13 assists on 26 field goals.

However the factor that was most impactful won't show up in the box score and that is the Rams test of adversit. VCU built a 12 point halftime lead, watched it evaporate with an LSU rally, then going toe-to-toe down the strech with the Tigers, having Marcus Evans fould out with 1:39 left and then holding off  LSU who had three differnet chances to win it in the end but were halted by a Rams block or forced turnover.

"Sometimes you just gotta go through stuff," said Rhoades and the Rams went through "Stuff" that a veteran team more than likely wouldn't have been able to handle.

The Rams have played three games and two have gone to the wire with VCU victorious in both. This will only pay dividends down the road in a competitive non-conference schedule and an improved A10 slate.

As for the victory over a former head coach, the Rams were asked afterwards if it was more then just a regular game.  Marcus Evans said it wasn't so much a revenge game for the team against Wade but rather they could feel how much it meant to the fan base.

"It was our way of giving back to the fans,"said Marcus Evans.