College of Charleston wins at VCU, 83-79

vcu men's basketballJunior guard De’Riante Jenkins led VCU with a season-high 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting, but the Rams fell at home to Charleston, 83-79, on Saturday.

With VCU trailing 59-49 with 8:59 left in the second half, guard Marcus Evans made two free throws to spark a 10-2 Rams run that left VCU down 61-59 with just over six minutes remaining in the game.

Charleston guard Grant Riller made a number of big plays for the Cougars, but none bigger than back-to-back buckets, including a 3-pointer from the corner with 3:53 left, to give Charleston a 73-65 advantage.

The Rams pulled within two twice in the closing moments, but Charleston hit four straight free throws to close out the contest.

Jenkins scored 23 points and added two steals in 28 minutes of action for VCU. Sophomore forward Marcus Santos-Silva contributed his second double-double in three games with 16 points and 12 rebounds. He also supplied three blocks and two steals for the Rams.

VCU freshman forward Vince Williams scored a season-high 13 points and added five rebounds on 5-of-6 shooting in just over 20 minutes of action

Charleston was led by Riller and forward Jarrell Brantley, who scored 30 and 26 points, respectively. Brantley also provided 17 rebounds while shooting 12-of-15 from the free throw line.

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