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Guy, Jerome lead No. 4 Virginia over VCU, 57-49

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Virginia Commonwealth gave Virginia the test the Cavaliers sought when they put the Rams on their nonconference schedule. Down the stretch, Virginia passed.

The Cavaliers outscored VCU 19-6 over the final 6:30, a span that saw the Rams whistled for six fouls, as the home team pulled away late for a 57-49 victory Sunday.

Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome combined for 29 points, with Jerome scoring 10 of his points in that final stretch.

''Who was going to outlast who?'' Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. ''We just kind of stuck with what we did, (tried) a couple little things here and there, and tried to toughen up defensively.''

Guy scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half, while Jerome put up 11 of his 14 after the break. Kihei Clark drew a key 10-second violation on VCU's P.J. Byrd with 5:25 to play.

''Everyone made timely plays,'' Jerome said.

Virginia (9-0) missed 13 of its first 15 shots after the break and VCU (7-3), coming off its road upset of Texas on Wednesday, led 37-36 midway through the second half.

Isaac Vann led the Rams with 10 points as VCU played its closest contest with Virginia since its 59-56 victory in 2013. Since then, the Cavaliers have won three straight.

''They did a great job down the stretch of finding a way to win,'' Rams coach Mike Rhoades said. ''I thought we beat ourselves down the stretch there. Fouled too much. Put them on the line and didn't execute down the stretch.

''They beat us down the stretch. That's the sign of a good team.''

KEY INJURY

Clark played the game with his left wrist in a cast. The freshman suffered a hairline fracture taking a charge during the second half of Virginia's last game, a home win over Morgan State on Dec. 3. He'll undergo surgery on Monday and there is no set timetable for his return.

Clark said the injury affected his ability to dribble to his left on Sunday. Still, he logged 33 minutes, scoring nine points, dishing four assists and drawing the key 10-second violation.

''It didn't affect his heart or his legs,'' Bennett said. ''He brought what we needed.''

BIG PICTURE

Coming off its upset of Texas and former coach Shaka Smart, VCU impressed again, sticking close to Virginia for much of the afternoon. While the Rams lost for the third straight time to the Cavaliers, this was the closest of those matchups. ... Virginia struggled offensively, but its defense and two stars lifted it to what should be considered a quality win on its NCAA resume come March.

UP NEXT

VCU has six days off before hosting Charleston on Dec. 15, the Rams' first home game in two weeks.

Virginia has 10 days off before it plays at South Carolina on Dec. 19, 10 days before the schools' football teams meet in the Belk Bowl.

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Key Players
I. Vann
23 F
K. Guy
5 G
32.9 Min. Per Game 32.9
13.3 Pts. Per Game 13.3
2.8 Ast. Per Game 2.8
3.3 Reb. Per Game 3.3
39.4 Field Goal % 42.7
17.1 Three Point % 40.7
79.5 Free Throw % 81.0
+ 1 Marcus Santos-Silva made 2nd of 2 free throws 4.0
  Marcus Santos-Silva missed 1st of 2 free throws 3.0
  Shooting foul on De'Andre Hunter 3.0
  Offensive rebound by Marcus Santos-Silva 1.0
  Issac Vann missed 3-pt. jump shot 3.0
  Offensive rebound by De'Riante Jenkins 9.0
  Marcus Evans missed 3-pt. jump shot 11.0
+ 1 Ty Jerome made 2nd of 2 free throws 20.0
+ 1 Ty Jerome made 1st of 2 free throws 19.0
  Personal foul on De'Riante Jenkins 20.0
  Defensive rebound by Mamadi Diakite 20.0
Team Stats
Points 49 57
Field Goals 18-61 (29.5%) 13-44 (29.5%)
3-Pointers 6-29 (20.7%) 5-18 (27.8%)
Free Throws 7-11 (63.6%) 26-30 (86.7%)
Total Rebounds 34 38
Offensive 12 11
Defensive 19 25
Team 3 2
Assists 7 9
Steals 2 4
Blocks 4 2
Turnovers 7 12
Fouls 21 18
Technicals 0 0
10 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST
15 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo VCU 7-3 242549
home team logo 4 Virginia 9-0 292857
Team Stats
away team logo VCU 7-3 71.0 PPG 39.4 RPG 13.6 APG
home team logo 4 Virginia 9-0 71.4 PPG 37.1 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
23
I. Vann F 10.8 PPG 3.6 RPG 2.2 APG 41.9 FG%
00
K. Guy G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
I. Vann F 10 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
K. Guy G 15 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
29.5 FG% 29.5
20.7 3PT FG% 27.8
63.6 FT% 86.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Vann 10 3 3 4/10 0/3 2/3 1 34 0 0 1 1 2
D. Jenkins 8 5 0 3/14 2/10 0/0 1 24 1 0 1 2 3
M. Santos-Silva 8 10 0 3/7 0/0 2/3 4 25 0 1 0 6 4
C. Douglas 4 1 0 2/3 0/1 0/0 4 17 0 2 1 1 0
M. Evans 3 1 1 1/10 1/6 0/0 4 27 0 0 3 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Vann 10 3 3 4/10 0/3 2/3 1 34 0 0 1 1 2
D. Jenkins 8 5 0 3/14 2/10 0/0 1 24 1 0 1 2 3
M. Santos-Silva 8 10 0 3/7 0/0 2/3 4 25 0 1 0 6 4
C. Douglas 4 1 0 2/3 0/1 0/0 4 17 0 2 1 1 0
M. Evans 3 1 1 1/10 1/6 0/0 4 27 0 0 3 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
V. Williams 7 3 0 2/4 1/1 2/4 2 15 1 1 1 2 1
M. Gilmore 3 1 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 3 5 0 0 0 0 1
S. Mobley 3 3 1 1/5 0/2 1/1 0 18 0 0 0 0 3
M. Simms 3 1 0 1/5 1/3 0/0 1 15 0 0 0 0 1
M. Crowfield 0 3 2 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 15 0 0 0 0 3
P. Byrd 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0
X. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Sheehy-Guiseppi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 49 31 7 18/61 6/29 7/11 21 200 2 4 7 12 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Guy 15 6 1 4/13 1/5 6/7 2 37 0 0 1 3 3
T. Jerome 14 8 3 4/13 3/9 3/4 1 37 2 0 1 0 8
D. Hunter 9 4 0 1/6 0/1 7/7 5 35 0 0 2 2 2
K. Clark 9 2 4 1/5 0/1 7/7 3 33 2 0 3 0 2
J. Salt 1 7 0 0/1 0/0 1/3 2 20 0 1 2 3 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Guy 15 6 1 4/13 1/5 6/7 2 37 0 0 1 3 3
T. Jerome 14 8 3 4/13 3/9 3/4 1 37 2 0 1 0 8
D. Hunter 9 4 0 1/6 0/1 7/7 5 35 0 0 2 2 2
K. Clark 9 2 4 1/5 0/1 7/7 3 33 2 0 3 0 2
J. Salt 1 7 0 0/1 0/0 1/3 2 20 0 1 2 3 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Diakite 6 5 0 2/4 0/0 2/2 1 22 0 1 1 2 3
B. Key 3 4 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 3 12 0 0 2 1 3
J. Huff 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
M. Anthony 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
F. Badocchi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Katstra - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Nixon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Caffaro - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Stattmann - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Kersey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 57 36 9 13/44 5/18 26/30 18 200 4 2 12 11 25