In what may have been his most impressive game of his career, the 6’7 senior played through an ankle injury and scored 26 points to lead the 17th ranked Rams to a 65-60 victory over Rhode Island University on Tuesday in Kingston, Rhode Island.
The win was VCU’s ninth straight , which improved their overall record to 14-3 ( 4-0 Atlantic Ten). Graham is now in sixth place all-time on VCU’s all time scoring record with 1,649 points.
Rhode Island led in the first half and took a 35-28 lead into halftime. Graham hurt his ankle early in the second half, and his return to the game was questionable.
He re-entered the game a few minutes later and despite limping noticeably, he was able to score 16 points in the final 15 minutes. His three point field goal with 2:30 left gave VCU their first lead of the second half at 59-58 .
E.C. Matthews led URI with 22 points, but it was not enough as they fell to 11-4 ( 3-1 in the A-10).
VCU struggled from the foul line, connecting on only 9-21 free throws. The next highest scorer after Graham was sophomore forward Mo Alie-Cox with 10 points.
The Rams travel to Pittsburgh, Pa. on Saturday to take on Duquesne University.