RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Troy Daniels hit a career-high nine 3-pointers en route to a career-best 27 points as Virginia Commonwealth won its seventh-straight game, beating Fairleigh Dickinson 96-67 Saturday in nonconference play.
Juvonte Reddic scored 22 points and grabbed 11 boards, Rob Brandenburg had 13 points, and Treveon Graham finished with 10 for VCU (10-3), which dished out a season-high 26 assists.
Daniels, who entered the game shooting 41 percent from deep, hit 9 of 16 from deep.
VCU opened up a 16-3 lead 3:30 into the first half behind six points from Reddic. Fairleigh Dickinson (4-7) cut the deficit to 28-16 at the 7:55 mark but VCU scored seven straight points to take a commanding 19-point lead, 35-16.
The Rams led by as much as 39, 79-40, in the second half and hit nine 3-pointers during the frame.
Kinu Rochford scored 16 points on 12-of-14 shooting to lead Fairleigh Dickinson.
With Wrestlemania 36 underway this weekend, Maryland football coach Mike Locksley sat down on Instagram Live with former Terps defensive lineman and current WWE superstar Mojo Rawley to talk about his new career path.
Rawley's real name is Dean Muhtadi, and he played for the Terps in for two years as a Division III transfer. He finished third on team in sacks that season and despite going undrafted in 2009, found his way to an NFL camp with the Packers.
Muhtadi spent 2009 with Green Bay and 2010 with the Cardinals before suffering an injury that landed him on injured reserve. It was then where Muhtadi found a new career path thanks to two of his best friends.
"Dan Gronkowski and Chris Gronkowski played with me at Maryland, two of my closest friends," Rawley said on "Late Night With Locks". "Their dad was one of our coach's roommates in the WWE, so it seemed like a natural fit. We were watching together, and I kinda made a comment like, 'this would be awesome if I could be one of [the wrestlers]. Mr. Gronk made the call and the rest was history."
Rawley has been a WWE superstar and currently stands as Rob Gronkowski's hype man. The former Patriots tight end is WWE's most recent signee and is Wrestlemania 36's host.
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In this time of mass quarantining, live sports have come to a standstill across the country, but that hasn’t stopped college basketball’s offseason from churning along.
Players across the nation are deciding where they want to play next season, and the latest impactful player to take a step toward next year is VCU’s Marcus Santos-Silva.
The junior forward announced on his Instagram his intentions to enter the 2020 NBA Draft.
It’s not yet clear how limited the NBA’s draft preparation will be as a result of COVID-19, but Santos-Silva does mention in his announcement that he will be maintaining his college eligibility in case he decides to return for his senior season.
Santos-Silva came off the bench his freshman season, but has started all 64 games in the last two years for VCU. As a junior, he averaged 12.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in 27.2 minutes.
He does all of his damage close to the rim, as he has yet to attempt a three-point shot in his college career.
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