The VCU basketball team defeated the Virginia Cavaliers after a tough battle. With 1.4 seconds left in the ball game, Treveon Graham sunk a beautiful 3 point shot in the last second, literally, to beat UVA 59-56. Although this was one of the most exciting games VCU fans have seen in a long time, they can’t deny that the team didn’t play their best.
With their first sell out in 6 years, UVA’s arena was extremely loud and rowdy. All fired up, it appeared from the beginning that UVA wasn’t messing around on defense as they were ready for VCU’s havoc. The Cavaliers shut down the Rams offensive game early on and it affected VCU’s players for the duration of the game. Shooting isn’t usually a problem for VCU, but they were having a difficult time sinking shots against UVA’s defense. VCU shot 41.4% of their field goals making only 24 of 58.
Free throws were almost devastating to watch, and have been for some time now. VCU made only 6 of 15 of these free points. Not that it makes the issue better, but, free throws seem to be a large issue across the NCAA as a whole. UVA barely shot over 50% of their free throws at 19 of 33. These points can be game changers, especially in match ups like this where the score was neck in neck the entire game.
On a more positive note, Treveon Graham proved to be the MVP of this game. His winning 3 point shot took the cake as his most notable play, but he performed excellently all game. Graham killed the box score with his points scored at 22. Reddic took second with only 9 points.
In addition to his shooting skills Graham has developed the speed coach Shaka Smart has been teaching him for three years now. His passing game is tight and precise. Graham proved this with his movement in the last 2 minutes of the game. Quickly passing the ball to Jordan Burgess for a wide open 3 point shot, he aided in firing up the team to pull out a win. He then stole the ball and powered up a baseline jumper giving VCU the lead at 56-55.
Graham was the heart of the team this game, keeping his endurance and passion up for every second of the game. Players like that are strong assets to have. During this game specifically, VCU looked to be tiring out before Graham and Burgess fired up the court there in the last 2 minutes. Looking forward, as Burgess gets more playing time; these two will be a thrilling duo to watch.
VCU battles Winthrop at home tonight at 7:00 Eastern time in, what should be, another exciting match-up!
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