NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The saying has always been, "Big time players make big time plays in big time games."
This past week's performance launches senior Juvonte Reddic of the VCU men's basketball team into the realm after the veteran forward averaged 22.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and shot 58.6-percent from the field in the Rams' two critical road wins at Dayton and at La Salle.
In Wednesday's decisive road win at Dayton, Reddic scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half as the Rams pulled away, opening up a lead that reached 20 at one point during the stanza. He finished the night with 18 points, seven rebounds and two blocks on 6-of-10 from the field in VCU's 80-66 victory.
In Saturday's double-overtime thriller against La Salle, Reddic posted the second-best numbers of his career with 27 points and 15 rebounds, 10 of which came on the offensive glass. He joined with teammate Treveon Graham to score VCU's final 14 points of regulation, in which they erased a 10-point deficit in the final five minutes to force overtime. It was his fifth double-double of the year and 24th of his career.
With 22 rebounds on the week, Reddic moved into sole possession of fourth-place on VCU's all-time rebounding list. He needs just seven steals to become the first player in VCU history to score 1,200 points, grab 700 rebounds, 150 steals and 100 blocks.
On the year, the Winston-Salem, N.C. native is averaging 12.4 points and a team-leading 8.1 rebounds per game. He leads the team in field-goal percentage, shooting 55-percent from the field and ranks second in blocks (19) and third in steals (30).
Reddic and the Rams return to the Verizon Wireless Arena on Wednesday evening to host Fordham. Game time on CBS 6.3 is set for 7 p.m.