LEWIS IGNITES SECOND-HALF COMEBACK AS RAMS SHOCK ODU 67-64

Score: VCU 67, Old Dominion 64
Location: Norfolk, Va. (Constant Center)
Records: VCU 7-3, Old Dominion 5-4

The short story: Senior guard JeQuan Lewis scored 17 of his game-high 20 points in the second half, including 12 during a 16-1 VCU run to fuel the Rams come-from-behind victory at Old Dominion an intense match-up of bitter rivals.
 
OPENING TIP
  • Lewis was 4-of-5 from three in the second half and gave the Rams their first lead at 57-56 with a drive and layup with 5:16 remaining. ODU knocked on the door repeatedly down the stretch, but VCU never surrendered the lead again.
  • Freshman De'Riante Jenkins provided 11 points and 6 rebounds for VCU, while senior forward Mo Alie-Cox handled much of the grunt work inside and finished with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.
  • VCU outrebounded the Monarchs 36-28 and grabbed 11 offensive boards.
  • B.J. Stith led the Monarchs with 17 points and 5 rebounds, while Ahmad Caver added 16 points.
THE DIFFERENCE
  • VCU trailed 55-44 with 7:37 remaining, but mounted a dramatic comeback. The Rams scored 11 straight points, capped by a Lewis 4-point play, to tie the game at 55-all with 5:49 remaining. It took the Rams just 96 seconds to score those 11 points and reverse the course of the game.
  • Stith moved the Monarchs back in front with a free throw, but Lewis answered with five straight points to push VCU to a 60-56 margin with 4:36 left.
  • VCU knocked down 6-of-8 free throws in the final 2:46.
  • Old Dominion had two final looks to either tie or take the lead, but VCU forced a shot-clock violation 5.8 seconds left, and Alie-Cox forced Carver into a contested 3-point shot as time expired.

QUOTABLE
"We had a way about us. We knew we were going to find a way to dig it out somehow, figure out a way to win it. We kept saying in the huddle 'stay connected'. We knew we were going to figure this thing out, and we did that." -- VCU Head Coach Will Wade 

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
  • VCU outscored Old Dominion 42-24 in the paint.
  • Old Dominion led the game for 33:22.
  • The Rams own 49 wins all-time over the Monarchs, the most against any opponent. VCU leads the series 49-43 and has won six of seven over ODU.
NEXT UP
VCU will return to the floor on Saturday, Dec. 17 when it hosts Middle Tennessee State at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Siegel Center at 7 p.m.
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