VCU students proud even after Rams loss

Posted at 12:41 AM, Mar 18, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-18 07:47:32-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - In the heart of VCU's campus, cheers quickly turned in disappointment after the Rams loss to Indiana Saturday night.

At the Village Cafe, it was standing room only with VCU students and alum watching the game.

"I'm kind of disappointed in a way. In the last seconds of the game they didn't play enough.  But for them to get this far, I'm kind of happy with it," said Arthur Jenkins, a VCU employee.

"They passed all of the expectations for this season," said VCU student Lindsay Deneault.

During the second half, it was a nail biter for some of the Ram fans.

"I thought they could win it. Their offense all season was kind of off and on.  And tonight, it really came together and they hit the three's like they never hit all season."

But in the end, their team couldn't pull out a win.

"I really wasn't disappointed. We got this far. I expected a longer run, but it was good," said VCU student Phil Benninghove.

And it was a crushing defeat for the fans who've stuck by the VCU Rams and their head coach Shaka Smart.

“Maybe next year they’ll do a lot better,” said Jenkins. “I’m hoping Shaka will stick around and be there.”

Deneault said, “I’m really hopeful for next season. I mean we have a really young team and they’re all still developing. I think that next year will be really good.”

Many of the fans we spoke with say they want Shaka Smart to stay on as head coach.  And despite Saturday’s loss, both Richmond and VCU police tell CBS 6 there were no problems with students on campus.