Home VCU gets 24 from Bamisile, 20 from Shulga, in 88-67 win over Rhode Island

VCU gets 24 from Bamisile, 20 from Shulga, in 88-67 win over Rhode Island

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VCU senior Max Shulga topped the 1,000-point mark for his college career with 20 points in the Rams’ 88-67 win over Rhode Island on Wednesday in the Siegel Center.

Shulga was 6-of-9 from the field on the night, including a stepback three at the 2:34 mark of the first half that pushed him over 1,000 points for his college career.

Senior guard Joe Bamisile led all scorers with 24 points for VCU (19-9, 11-4 A-10) – his fifth 20-point game of the season.

Bamisile knocked down 5-of-9 attempts from beyond the arc and hauled in four rebounds and had a pair of steals.

Grad wing Sean Bairstow converted 7-of-11 attempts from the field on the way to a 16-point night for the Black and Gold.

Senior guard Zeb Jackson turned in a nice all-around effort with 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals.

David Green led Rhode Island (11-17, 5-10 A-10) with 16 points.

Bamisile scored seven points in a two-minute stretch midway through the first half as VCU built a 21-5 lead with 11:05 remaining in the period. The lead would swell to as many as 21, at 38-17 with 2:34 left, following back-to-back treys from Shulga and Bamisile.

Rhode Island shot just 28 percent (7-of-25) in the first half, including 2-of-12 from three, as the Black and Gold took a 42-21 lead into the locker room at the break.

VCU never looked back and led by as many as 29 in the second half.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].