VCU blasts Rhode Island, takes first in A-10
With the victory and Davidson’s loss to Dayton, VCU (20-6, 11-2 A-10) moved into sole possession of first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Santos-Silva led all scorers with 19 points while also grabbing 12 rebounds to record his fifth double-double of the season.
Overall, 10 different Rams got on the board, including Santos-Silva and junior guard De’Riante Jenkins, who buried 4-of-6 from 3-point range and finished with 14 points.
Rhode Island’s Jeff Dowtin led his team with 14 points and four assists.
After falling behind 4-0 in the first minutes of the game, VCU took the lead at the 16:59 mark and never looked back.
With just under 12 minutes to play in the first half, VCU went on a 12-4 run in a matter of four minutes to take its first double-digit lead.
VCU held URI to just two points in the final 7:34 of the first half before Dowtin hit a long 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer. VCU took a 39-22 lead into the locker room.
VCU’s defense remained strong in the second half, holding URI to under 10 points through the first 13 minutes of the second half.
The Black & Gold’s stifling defense forced Rhode Island to commit 20 turnovers, which led to 21 VCU points.