Baldwin returns in style for VCU; Vandy’s Stackhouse ejected

Nov 30, 2022, 4:40 AM | Updated: 6:58 pm
Virginia Commonwealth guard Zeb Jackson (2) steals the ball from Vanderbilt guard Tyrin Lawrence (0...

Virginia Commonwealth guard Zeb Jackson (2) steals the ball from Vanderbilt guard Tyrin Lawrence (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022 at Seigel Center in Richmond, Va. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

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              Virginia Commonwealth forward Jamir Watkins (0) and guard Jayden Nunn (23) steal the ball from Vanderbilt guard Tyrin Lawrence (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
            
              Virginia Commonwealth forward Jalen DeLoach (4) waits to be introduced for the team's NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
            
              Virginia Commonwealth forward Jamir Watkins (0) dives for the ball over Vanderbilt forward Liam Robbins (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
            
              Virginia Commonwealth guard Jayden Nunn (23) drives to the basket as Vanderbilt guard Trey Thomas (12) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
            
              Virginia Commonwealth guard Ace Baldwin (1) shoots as Vanderbilt forward Malik Dia (23) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
            
              Virginia Commonwealth forward Jamir Watkins (0) tries to dunk on Vanderbilt forward Colin Smith (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
            
              Virginia Commonwealth guard Ace Baldwin (1) is defended by Vanderbilt guard Ezra Manjon (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
            
              Vanderbilt guard Trey Thomas (12) passes the ball past Virginia Commonwealth guard Zeb Jackson (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
            
              Virginia Commonwealth guard Nick Kern (24) steals the ball away from Vanderbilt guard Ezra Manjon during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
            
              Virginia Commonwealth guard Zeb Jackson (2) dunks against Vanderbilt during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
            
              Vanderbilt forward Colin Smith (1) celebrates near the end of the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
            
              Virginia Commonwealth guard Zeb Jackson (2) steals the ball from Vanderbilt guard Tyrin Lawrence (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022 at Seigel Center in Richmond, Va. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ace Baldwin returned from a four-game absence to score a career-high 28 points and VCU held off Vanderbilt 70-65 on Wednesday night in a game in which an enraged Commodores coach Jerry Stackhouse was ejected.

Baldwin, the Rams point guard, was back on the floor after being sidelined with a right wrist injury that required two screws being inserted into the bone. He looked in midseason form, making 7 of 14 shots, including 4 of 5 3-point attempts, plus sinking 10 of 12 free throws. He added four assists.

After Vanderbilt tied the game with four minutes remaining following a 7-0 run, Baldwin made a pair of free throws and the Rams led the remainder of the way, though it took a closely contested jumper from the left elbow by Jamir Watkins with 16.8 seconds left to ensure the win.

During the eight-minute media timeout in the second half an angry Stackhouse had to be restrained by his coaches as he confronted officials over Liam Robbins being given a technical foul after tapping his head following his dunk in front of VCU’s Toibu Lawal. The three technical fouls resulted in six foul shots taken by Baldwin, who made four, extending a Rams lead to seven. Adam Mazarei took over head coaching duties for the Commodores.

Watkins finished with 13 points for VCU (5-2).

Myles Stute made 6 of 9 3-point shots and scored 20 for Vanderbilt (3-4). Robbins added 14 and Ezra Manjon 12.

Both teams shot 43%. The difference was at the line where the Rams made 25 of 37 to 15 of 20 for the Commodores. The Rams also had six more points off turnovers.

Baldwin hit consecutive 3-pointers to end the first half with VCU taking a 35-28 lead.

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