VCU
TEXAS

No Text

Evans, Jenkins help lead VCU past Texas 54-53

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) VCU's Mike Rhoades said people used to call him an offensive coach. Then he laughed and added, ''But oh, man.''

Indeed, VCU is winning this season primarily with defense. The Rams did that on Wednesday night, forcing turnovers and missed shots while handing Texas its second straight loss at home against a mid-major opponent, 54-53.

Marcus Evans scored 16 points and De'Riante Jenkins added 12 for VCU (7-2). Sophomore Marcus Santos-Silva had 10 points, and career highs with 16 rebounds and five steals for the Rams.

Texas (5-3) has lost three straight, including a three-point defeat by Radford last week.

VCU was more than effective on defense. The Rams, using full-court pressure, turned 18 Texas turnovers into 17 points. But they also converted 17 offensive rebounds into 19 points, enabling them to win while converting only 28 percent of their shots.

''It was a rock fight,'' Rhoades said. ''We made a lot of toughness plays. We played with really good energy and toughness.''

The Longhorns had two shots to win the game in the final 40 seconds, but Courtney Ramey and Matt Coleman missed open 3-pointers, the latter as time ran out.

Jericho Sims led Texas with 14 points. Nobody else reached double figures.

Sims made a shot in the lane to leave Texas trailing by one point with 4:12 remaining. The Longhorns then had four turnovers and a missed a shot on their next five possessions, while VCU made two free throws - by Issac Vann - during that stretch for a three-point lead.

A steal by Longhorn Jaxson Hayes led to a fastbreak basket by Kerwin Roach with 1:29 left, and VCU again led by one.

The Longhorns' three defeats came after a 92-89 victory over then-No. 7 North Carolina on Thanksgiving.

''I told the guys in the locker room that less than two weeks ago, we were No. 17 in the country with the same guys,'' Texas coach Shaka Smart said. ''But the last 2 1/2 games, we haven't played with the same confidence. We haven't played with the same swagger.''

BIG PICTURE

VCU: During his first three seasons at Texas, Smart was reluctant to use the full-court defense, known as havoc, that he popularized at VCU. Smart believes it hurts efforts to recruit high-level high school players, although he has employed it more this season. Rhoades, a former assistant to Smart, has no such reluctance. The Rams use it a lot, and it helped them take a one-point lead at halftime despite shooting only 25.8 percent. VCU induced nine turnovers, turning them into nine points, including two that gave the Rams the lead just before halftime. The Rams shot a little better in the second half; 30.8 percent.

Texas: Roach, a senior, was briefly in the national spotlight when he scored a career-best 32 points - nearly double his average - against North Carolina. Roach converted all three of his 3-point attempts. But in three games since that one, Roach has hit just 7 of 37. He was 1 of 11 against VCU while guarded primarily by Vann. Roach said his failure to make baskets is not for lack of work.

''Every night, I'm over here from 9:30 until 12, just shooting the ball,'' Roach said.

KEY STAT

Texas hit 4-of-17 3-pointers shots (23.5 percent), which is right in line with what VCU opponents have shot this season. Before Wednesday, the Rams limited teams to 23.9 percent, ranking fourth nationally in 3-point defense.

CONTRACT COMPLETED

The game Wednesday completed a home-and-home series that was mandated by Smart's contract when he left VCU for Texas after coaching there for six seasons, from 2009-15. Texas won the game last season in Richmond 71-67.

Rhoades was an assistant and associate head coach under Smart from 2009-14 before becoming the head coach at Rice, where he stayed for three seasons.

''Playing against Shaka stinks,'' Rhoades said. ''He's my guy.''

MOBLEY RETURNS

VCU forward Sean Mobley was back in the lineup, as a reserve, after missing two straight games with a bone bruise in his left knee. Mobley scored seven points in 14 minutes.

UP NEXT

VCU is at No. 4 Virginia on Sunday. Virginia defeated the Rams 76-67 last season at VCU.

Texas is at home against Purdue, which missed the AP top 25 rankings by one point this week, on Sunday in the second of six straight home games for the Longhorns. Texas and Purdue have met three times but not since 2003. The Longhorns won two of those games, including a 73-72 contest in the second round of the 1990 NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis.

Copyright 2018 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

Key Players
I. Vann
23 F
K. Roach II
12 G
34.0 Min. Per Game 34.0
18.6 Pts. Per Game 18.6
4.6 Ast. Per Game 4.6
5.4 Reb. Per Game 5.4
39.4 Field Goal % 39.5
18.8 Three Point % 33.3
80.6 Free Throw % 75.0
  Defensive rebound by Issac Vann 1.0
  Matt Coleman III missed 3-pt. jump shot 2.0
  Defensive rebound by Courtney Ramey 6.0
  De'Riante Jenkins missed jump shot 8.0
  Defensive rebound by Issac Vann 37.0
  Courtney Ramey missed 3-pt. jump shot 39.0
  Shot clock violation turnover on VCU 53.0
  Offensive rebound by Marcus Santos-Silva 51.0
  De'Riante Jenkins missed jump shot, blocked by Jaxson Hayes 53.0
+ 2 Kerwin Roach II made layup 1:27
  Lost ball turnover on Malik Crowfield, stolen by Jaxson Hayes 1:32
Team Stats
Points 54 53
Field Goals 16-57 (28.1%) 22-53 (41.5%)
3-Pointers 6-25 (24.0%) 4-17 (23.5%)
Free Throws 16-21 (76.2%) 5-8 (62.5%)
Total Rebounds 39 36
Offensive 16 7
Defensive 19 26
Team 4 3
Assists 6 12
Steals 7 5
Blocks 6 4
Turnovers 14 17
Fouls 17 21
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
14 PTS, 6 REB
12T
away team logo VCU 7-2 322254
home team logo Texas 5-3 312253
Team Stats
away team logo VCU 7-2 71.0 PPG 39.4 RPG 13.6 APG
home team logo Texas 5-3 71.0 PPG 36.4 RPG 13.2 APG
Key Players
2
M. Evans G 13.6 PPG 3.1 RPG 3.2 APG 42.5 FG%
20
J. Sims F 4.2 PPG 3.6 RPG 0.2 APG 56.9 FG%
Top Scorers
M. Evans G 16 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
J. Sims F 14 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
28.1 FG% 41.5
24.0 3PT FG% 23.5
76.2 FT% 62.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Evans 16 4 3 4/13 1/9 7/7 0 27 1 0 3 2 2
D. Jenkins 12 3 0 4/14 4/7 0/0 2 26 1 0 1 1 2
M. Santos-Silva 10 16 0 3/6 0/0 4/6 2 30 5 2 3 8 8
I. Vann 4 4 1 1/5 0/2 2/2 2 30 0 1 1 1 3
C. Douglas 0 1 2 0/5 0/0 0/0 0 17 0 3 0 1 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Evans 16 4 3 4/13 1/9 7/7 0 27 1 0 3 2 2
D. Jenkins 12 3 0 4/14 4/7 0/0 2 26 1 0 1 1 2
M. Santos-Silva 10 16 0 3/6 0/0 4/6 2 30 5 2 3 8 8
I. Vann 4 4 1 1/5 0/2 2/2 2 30 0 1 1 1 3
C. Douglas 0 1 2 0/5 0/0 0/0 0 17 0 3 0 1 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Mobley 7 0 0 2/4 1/2 2/4 2 14 0 0 1 0 0
V. Williams 3 1 0 1/2 0/0 1/2 3 12 0 0 2 0 1
M. Gilmore 2 1 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 2 7 0 0 1 1 0
M. Crowfield 0 2 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 14 0 0 2 0 2
M. Simms 0 1 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 2 13 0 0 0 0 1
P. Byrd 0 2 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 10 0 0 0 2 0
X. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Sheehy-Guiseppi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 54 35 6 16/57 6/25 16/21 17 200 7 6 14 16 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Sims 14 6 0 7/9 0/0 0/0 4 24 0 1 2 1 5
D. Osetkowski 7 9 2 3/6 0/0 1/3 2 24 2 0 3 2 7
M. Coleman III 7 1 2 3/5 1/2 0/0 3 32 0 0 2 0 1
J. Febres 5 3 0 2/6 1/3 0/0 1 21 0 0 0 0 3
K. Roach II 4 5 3 1/11 0/3 2/2 1 30 0 0 2 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Sims 14 6 0 7/9 0/0 0/0 4 24 0 1 2 1 5
D. Osetkowski 7 9 2 3/6 0/0 1/3 2 24 2 0 3 2 7
M. Coleman III 7 1 2 3/5 1/2 0/0 3 32 0 0 2 0 1
J. Febres 5 3 0 2/6 1/3 0/0 1 21 0 0 0 0 3
K. Roach II 4 5 3 1/11 0/3 2/2 1 30 0 0 2 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hayes 8 3 0 4/5 0/0 0/1 3 19 2 3 2 2 1
K. Hepa 6 0 0 2/4 2/4 0/0 2 11 0 0 0 0 0
E. Mitrou-Long 2 3 2 0/4 0/2 2/2 3 20 0 0 1 0 3
C. Ramey 0 3 3 0/3 0/3 0/0 2 19 1 0 5 1 2
A. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hamm Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Cunningham - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Nevins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Liddell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Whiteside - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 53 33 12 22/53 4/17 5/8 21 200 5 4 17 7 26