Turnovers, Ball Control Help VCU Push Past St. Joseph’s in Overtime

Geoff Burke-USA Today Sports

VCU needed overtime to take out St. Joseph’s on Thursday night, winning the game by a final score of 92-86.

A close contest that needed the extra time to decide a winner, came down to one thing when looking at the numbers: turnovers.

The Rams forced 19 turnovers in the ball game, while their own ball control saved numerous possessions. The Hawks were only able to turnover VCU five times in their loss.

The 14-turnover differential was enough to tell the story of a game that needed overtime and ended in just a six-point favorite for VCU. They call it “Havoc” and that’s exactly what VCU can do to teams that they play at home.

An up-tempo style played into their hands once again, despite the grit and toughness that St. Joe’s showed on Thursday night. The Hawks were selected as the favorite in the Atlantic 10 Conference prior to the start of the 2012-13 season, but things have quickly turned to the league’s pair of newcomers. That being Butler, in addition to VCU.

At 15-3 overall, the Rams now boast a 3-0 mark within the conference with a trip to Duquesne on the docket for Saturday. What’s most impressive although, is VCU’s current stretch. A pair of losses back in late November as part of the Battle 4 Atlantis event in the Bahamas were the last blemishes that the Rams have had.

VCU has not lost a game since Nov. 24, rattling off 12 victories in a row since. They will look to keep that streak intact on Saturday afternoon against the Dukes. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00pm (EST).

 

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