Being without Golden and Francis gave some other guys a chance for a lot of minutes.
Those absences may have generated a "we're not expected to win so let's have a lot of fun" attitude, which ended up with a looser team that did very well...especially on defense in the second half.
A notable achievement: Gilyard broke a tie with Richmond Athletics Hall-of-Famer Greg Beckwith for the most assists in school history with his first assist of the game and finished the night with 578 career assists. He also passed Nebraska's Cookie Belcher to move into fifth on the Division I career steals list, with 354.
VCU showed other teams how to beat Dayton, by running two guys at Crutcher every time he had the ball in the offensive end. Dayton gives up 16 OFFENSIVE rebounds to Memphis. I realize they were short three players today, but what happened to boxing out?