Despite rebounding with two wins against Appalachian State and Old Dominion, the true measure of success for the VCU basketball team will come in its next two games: against Texas Dec. 5 and on the road against Seton Hall on Dec. 9. The Rams coped well in their first two games back from Hawaii, getting big performances from seniors Johnny Williams and Justin Tillman in the absence of Issac Vann and Malik Crowfield. However, against both the Mountaineers and the Monarchs, the Rams trailed and required second half rallies to separate themselves from their opposition. The performances of Williams and Tillman are encouraging, though. Williams, not known for his shooting ability, knocked down four of six three-point attempts and all six of his free throw attempts against Appalachian State. Tillman, who struggled to assert himself in the Rams’ three games in Hawaii, turned in two 20+ point performances this week, including 28 against ODU. In the absence of both Vann and Crowfield, VCU needed to replace the scoring

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