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Men’s Basketball Falls at VCU

by | Jan 9, 2023

Sam Mennenga in the game vs. Northeastern.

RICHMOND, Va. – VCU drilled a season-high 15 3-pointers and overcame a fast start by Davidson to pull away from the Wildcats, 89-72, in Atlantic 10 men’s basketball action Saturday afternoon inside the Siegel Center.

The loss drops the ‘Cats to 9-7 overall and 2-2 in league play, while the Rams move to 11-5 and 2-1.

Sam Mennenga, who contributed his fifth 20-point outing of the season, paced three Davidson players in double figures with 20 on 8-of-12 shooting. Desmond Watson added a personal-best 19 points in his second career start and Grant Huffman finished with 16.

Davidson could not have scripted a better start jumping out to a 10-0 advantage, highlighted by six straight points from Mennenga to begin the contest.

VCU responded with a 24-6 run, including four of David Shriver’s six treys, to take the lead for good, before carrying a 41-29 lead into the break.

Ace Baldwin, Jr., scored 19 points to go along with 8 assists for the Rams, who forced 20 miscues turning them into 26 points at the other end.

Both teams shot over 60 percent after intermission to finish the game at better than 50 percent.

After trailing by as many as 25 late, the Wildcats used a 15-2 run to cut the deficit to 12, 80-68, with just under two minutes to play, but were unable to inch closer.

Davidson returns home to Belk Arena for a 7 p.m. tip against Richmond Wednesday evening.

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