January 18, 2014
RAMS BLITZ DUQUESNE IN SECOND HALF EN ROUTE TO 80-65 WIN
- Score: VCU 80, Duquesne 65
- Records: VCU (14-4, 2-1 A10), Duquesne (8-8, 1-3 A10)
- Location: Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center inside the HDL, Inc. Athletic Village – Richmond, Va.
- The Short Story: For the sixth time in the past seven games, the VCU men's basketball team held its opponent to 65 points or less and for the sixth time in the past seven games, it was a victory, this time an 80-65 decision over Duquesne. HAVOC blitzed the Dukes in the second half, holding them to 30.4-percent from the field and 11 turnovers, which turned into 53 second-half points for the Black & Gold. Four Rams tallied double-figures, led by Briante Weber and Melvin Johnson, who each scored 12 points in the win.
How It Happened
- Senior Rob Brandenberg sparked the Rams early with two 3-pointers en route to a 10-5 lead for the Black & Gold with 15:25 left in the first stanza.
- Duquesne responded with a run of their own to take an 18-14 lead.
- Trading baskets and leads, a series of Rams scored in the final seven minutes of the half, though a tip-in in the closing seconds gave Duquesne a four-point lead heading into the break.
- Treveon Graham hit a pair of shots to start the second half, helping the Rams' to close within one after a three pointer from the top of the key.
- Just over four minute into the second half, Juvonte Reddic took a pass from Weber and finished with a layup to help the Rams reclaim the lead at 36-35. The shot came as part of a 13-3 run, culminating with one of Johnson's four three-pointers on the night, giving VCU a 42-36 advantage.
- With ten minutes remaining, leading 45-38, Terrence Shannon followed a missed dunk from Reddic with a powerful two-handed tip-jam that sent the home crowd into hysterics. (Video here)
- JeQuan Lewis sunk back-to-back threes to give VCU a nine-point lead before finding Mo Alie-Cox with a lob and a dunk, extending the lead to double-digits for the first time with just under seven minutes to go.
- Johnson struck again with back-to-back triples to spark a 14-4 run over a span of just 2:29 to give VCU a 19-point lead at 71-52.
- Duquesne would get no closer than 13 the rest of the way as the Rams closed out their 14th straight home win.
How It Happened
- In front of a record 44th consecutive sellout, the Rams won their 14th straight home game, which is tied for the 11th-longest active home winning streak in the country.
- VCU is now 41-3 all-time when Rob Brandenberg scores 11 points or more.
- The Rams have held five straight opponents to three or fewer 3-pointers.
- VCU has reached double-figures in steals in 15 of its 18 games this year.
- Coach Smart used 32 different lineup combinations on the night, the highest number of the year.
- VCU heads on the road for two games beginning with a Wednesday night showdown at Dayton. Game time on CBS Sports Network is set for 7 p.m.