VCU narrowly avoided its second straight loss Friday, notching a comeback win over Long Beach State, 73-67. The Rams got 17 points and nine rebounds from Juvonte Reddic, his most productive game of the season.
WIth a jump shot by Branford Jones, the 49ers completed a 12-3 run that put them up eight points with 14:40 remaining in the second half. But VCU responded with a run of its own, scoring the next 13 points and never looking back. Treveon Graham scored seven of his 12 total points in the second half, teaming with Reddic to erase the deficit.
Both teams spread around the production, each getting double-digit performances from four starters. But the difference was the bench, as none of the 49ers' reserves were able to score a basket. VCU got nine points from its bench, including seven from forward Melvin Johnson. Jones led the way for Long Beach, scoring 19 points in the losing effort.
VCU was steamrolled in its first game in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan, losing to Florida State, 85-67. Now a narrow win against Long Beach will have the Rams' highest-ever in-season ranking in serious jeopardy.