December 17, 2013
GRAHAM, LEWIS LEAD RAMS TO 11TH STRAIGHT HOME VICTORY, 72-57 OVER WOFFORD
- Score: VCU 72, Wofford 57
- Records: VCU (9-3), Wofford (3-7)
- Location: Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center inside the HDL, Inc. Athletic Village
- The Short Story: Junior Treveon Graham and freshman JeQuan Lewis combined for 34 points to pace the VCU men's basketball team to its 11th straight home victory, a 72-57 victory over Wofford. Graham had 15 of his 18 in the first half, while Lewis had 14 of his 16 in the second half to lead an aggressive offensive attack that made 25 free-throws on the night. The Rams pressure wore down the Terriers, forcing 20 turnovers on the night, which led to 12 steals for VCU.
How It Happened:
- The Rams played their way to an 11-2 early lead, led by five points from Graham and four from Jordan Burgess.
- Wofford fought to cut the lead to three, but a floater from Burgess started a 7-0 run that ended with a three-point play from Graham to give VCU a 21-11 lead with just over eight minutes remaining in the first half.
- With 3:09 remaining in the first half, Rob Brandenberg picked off a pass, drove down the left side and threw an alley-oop to Jarred Guest who finished with two hands. Guest followed his alley-oop with a triple from the left corner to extend the Rams lead to 15, 35-20, with just over two minutes remaining.
- VCU took a ten-point lead into the half, holding a 38-28 advantage.
- The Rams and Terriers traded baskets for the first portion of the second half, with Lewis getting to the rim for a pair of layups to pace VCU. Brandenberg also contributed four points to keep the lead at 49-38.
- With just over eleven minutes remaining, Terrance Shannon collected a rebound, and finished a drive on the other end for a lay-up. Less than a minute later, Melvin Johnson connected on a three from NBA range to extend the Rams' lead to 54-40.
- Johnson drove down the middle with 8:12 remaining, and missed a floater, but Juvonte Reddic followed the shot with a powerful tip jam to extend VCU's lead to 56-43.
- Lewis continued to pace the Rams, as VCU and Wofford alternated buckets. VCU led 66-56 with 2:32 remaining in the second half.
- With 1:18 to play Mo Alie-Cox denied a Terrier floater with a commanding block that led to a pair of free throws on the other end.
- The Rams play a neutral site game at the Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic against Virginia Tech at the Richmond Coliseum on December 21. The game is set for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff and will be televised on the NBC Sports Network.