RICHMOND, Va. — VCU's trademark defensive pressure gave a depleted WKU team trouble Tuesday night in Richmond, Va., and WKU dropped a 76-44 decision in front of the 24th-straight sellout crowd at Verizon Wireless Arena.
WKU is now 8-4 on the season, and VCU improves to 8-3.
George Fant led WKU with eight points and eight rebounds. Kevin Kaspar added eight and five, and Brandon Harris, Percy Blade and Aleksejs Rostov each had seven points. VCU was paced by four players in double figures, led by Briante Weber's 13.
The Hilltoppers had 32 turnovers on the night, which led to 34 Ram points.
VCU jumped on WKU from the start, scoring 13-straight at one point and forcing nine turnovers in the first seven minutes of the game thanks to the defensive pressure.
WKU settled into its offense midway through the half, but another 8-0 Ram scoring run opened up a 32-13 lead and set the tone for the remainder of the first half. VCU scored the final six points of the half and made the score 42-16 at the half.
WKU made five field goals in the first half and had 18 turnovers, which led to 20 VCU points. VCU went 16-for-35 from the field (.457) and hit five three-pointers.
VCU controlled the second half and picked up the 32-point victory. WKU scored the final 10 points of the game.
WKU concludes a week of three games away from home and its non-conference schedule for the season Saturday night at 7:30 (CT) against 5th-ranked Louisville at Bridgestone Arena