“I thought the environment was incredible. The way the two teams battled and played was tremendous, it’s what college basketball is all about. A rivalry game like this usually can bring out the best in you in terms of your effort. ” Mooney said. “I’m thrilled for our guys and for our program, this was a great, great win.”
VCU mens’ basketball coach Shaka Smart said his team played Rams-style basketball for almost the entire game.
“It almost was a terrific road win because Richmond played really well all game,” Smart said. “thought our guys really fought and battled. For about 39 minutes and 20 seconds we really stayed to our principles, stayed aggressive and put ourselves in position to win but just flat out did not close out the game. Missed one too many free throws at the end, didn’t get enough stops.”