No. 20 VCU won its seventh straight game Wednesday night, beating Davidson, 71-65, at the Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond.
VCU guard/forward Terry Larrier had a monster game off the bench, scoring 11 points and grabbing five rebounds in just 17 minutes of action.
“It was real exciting,” Larrier said on Ferrall on the Bench.
The Rams played their usual style: fast and frenetic with up-and-down pressure. They played eight guards and three forwards.
“Yeah, that’s how we play,” Larrier said. “That’s how Coach (Shaka Smart) wants us to play. That’s what we do.”
That pressure may have gotten to Davidson, which entered the game 10-2. The Wildcats shot just 22-of-59 (37.3 percent) from the floor, including 10-of-28 (35.7 percent) from three-point range.
“I think they’re a really good team,” Larrier said. “We just emphasized on their three-point shooting. We wanted to get out to their shooters and make it hard for them. With the way we play, they’ll eventually wear down and then they’ll start missing some shots. That really helped us.”
VCU, meanwhile, was led by senior guard Treveon Graham, who had 15 points, 10 rebounds, one assists, one block and one steal, and junior guard Melvin Johnson, who hit three three-pointers and had 11 points, two assists and two steals.
“The older guys are definitely leading the way,” Larrier said. “That’s what they’re supposed to do.”
VCU shot 25-of-59 (42.4 percent) from the floor and 7-of-22 (31.8 percent) from three-point range. The Rams also had more rebounds (40-35) and more steals (13-5) than Davidson, which finished with just one blocked shot; Davidson had eight, including four by sophomore forward Mo Alie-Cox.
The Rams also rank fourth nationally with 11.0 steals per game.
Larrier’s range certainly helps VCU’s defense. The 6-8 Larrier is from the Bronx but played prep school ball in Philadelphia, and there’s no denying what led him to Virginia.
“My relationship with Shaka,” he said. “We really had a good relationship throughout the recruiting process, and I felt most comfortable coming here. I’m definitely glad that I ended up here. It was definitely a good choice for me.”
The Rams (12-3) lost two games in the early season to Villanova and Virginia, which are now ranked eighth and third, respectively. They also lost a close road game against Old Dominion in late-November, but they’ve been humming ever since a double overtime win over then-No. 23 Northern Iowa on Dec. 13. VCU has since taken down Belmont, Cincinnati, East Tennessee, Cleveland, Fordham and, of course, Davidson
“We just got to keep it going, keep doing what coach needs us to do and playing together and staying together,” Larrier said. “Everything will (work) out.”
VCU hosts Saint Joseph’s (6-7) on Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. ET, before three straight Atlantic-10 road games against Rhode Island (10-3), Duquesne (6-7) and Saint Louis (8-7).