17th-ranked Rams gut out 70-64 win at Duquesne for 10th straight victory

The Basics

  • Score: #17 VCU 70, Duquesne 64
  • Records: VCU (15-3, 5-0), Duquesne (6-10, 1-4)
  • Location: CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • The Short Story: Sophomores JeQuan Lewis and Doug Brooks came off the bench and combined for 26 points as the VCU men's basketball team gutted out its 10th straight win, 70-64, on the road over a feisty Duquesne squad. The Rams, who played without leading scorer Treveon Graham, knocked down 12 three-pointers and forced Duquesne into 16 turnovers on the afternoon.
How It Happened
  • The teams traded buckets to start the game, which featured five lead changes in the first four minutes before Duquesne posted an 8-0 run, capped off by an old-fashioned three-point play by Eric James to grab a 15-9 advantage with 13:11 remaining in the first half.
  • Back-to-back three-pointers by Jordan Burgess and Brooks ignited a 16-4 run that gave VCU a 25-19 lead with 6:34 left before halftime. It was a lead that the Rams would never relinquish.
  • HAVOC took over the final four minutes of the half, forcing five turnovers en route to a 15-5 run and a 40-26 VCU lead at the break.
  • The Rams' lead would remain in double-figures for much of the first eight minutes of the second half thanks to seven points by Lewis in that stretch.
  • Duquesne would not go away, putting together a 13-3 run that brought the Dukes within three, 60-57, with 4:53 to play.
  • The Dukes would get it to two, 64-62, with 2:26 remaining, but junior Melvin Johnson drilled a three-pointer from the corner that proved to be the nail in the coffin.
Beyond the Box Score
  • The 10-game winning streak is the third longest by the Rams during Coach Smart's tenure. VCU won 13 straight in 2012-13 and 11 straight in 2011-12.
  • With four steals on the night, Briante Weber moved within one (364) of third-place on the NCAA's all-time steals chart.
  • 11 of Johnson's 14 points on the night came in the second half.
  • Lewis' 16 points were a season-high and tied a career-high, which he previously posted against Wofford last December.
  • With 12 treys on the day, VCU reached double-figures in the 3-pointers category for the seventh time this season. The Rams are averaging 9.2 3-pointers per game this year.
Postgame Press Conference - Head Coach Shaka Smart

Up Next
  • The Rams cap off their three-game road swing with a trip to back-to-back regular season champion St. Louis next Friday. Game time on ESPN2 is set for 7 p.m.