VIRGINIA LOTTERY STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: JEQUAN LEWIS

RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Men's Basketball guard JeQuan Lewis was named Virginia Lottery Student-Athlete of the Week this week for his performance on the court in a matchup against the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders on Saturday, Dec. 17.

The Dickson, Tennessee native was the Rams' top producer on Saturday night as he led the Black and Gold to an 80-77 victory over the visiting Blue Raiders.  Lewis exploded for 20 points and shot 3 of 4 from the line in just 21 minutes of playing time.  The game on Dec. 3 against Illinois was the only time he played fewer minutes.  He ran the court for 20 minutes in that game.

"I was excited," said Lewis. "I wanted to compete and just do what I needed to do to help my team win."

Lewis is familiar with this kind of output.  Saturday's game was the fourth time this season in which Lewis torched opposing defenses with 20 or more points.

"I was more aggressive," Lewis said about his mindset going into the game.  "I have to do a good job of being more aggressive early on in the game.  It helps getting the game going at our pace."

The Rams have two more games on their non-conference slate before heading to George Mason on Dec. 30 to open Atlantic 10 play. 

"We want to finish the non-conference season strong.  It's been a hard one so we want to finish strong going into George Mason."

What about the holidays are you looking forward to the most:
Going home to see my family
Favorite holiday dessert: Homemade ice cream
Hobby not many people know about: Playing pool and bowling
Best teammate to follow on Instagram: Johnny Williams
Pre-game ritual: Talking to his grandmother
You have a free plane ticket, where do you go: Trinidad and Tobago
Dream job growing up: Playing in the NBA
Favorite place to go when not at practice: Buffalo Wild Wings
RAMS BLAST HOWARD 85-51
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