VCU has played in the NCAA tournament eight times in the last nine seasons. In Joe Lunardi’s latest bracket update on ESPN, before Tuesday’s game, VCU was listed among the first four teams out of the tournament.
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VCU played without senior guard Marcus Evans for the second straight game. He’s their third-leading scorer (10.9 points per game) and leads the team with 3.0 assists per game. He has been sidelined with a knee injury.
"He was going to try to give it a go today,” Rhoades said. “But in warm-ups, he said he felt really, really weak and sore."
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Freshman Nah’Shon Hylan led the Rams with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Sophomore Vince Williams, of Toledo, scored 13.
“I thought our young guys were great today,” Rhoades said. “In that environment, our young guys stepped up and gave us great energy, but you’ve got to finish against a really good team. You can’t put them on the line late in the game. You’ve got to get stops. We have to be a little more disciplined. The last couple days, we were down in the valley. I told them the only way you get out of it is fight, stick together. It was a good step. Now we’ve got to grow from today. Still not good enough because we didn’t win.”
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