DOUGHTY ERUPTS, FUELS DOMINANT VCU SECOND HALF IN WIN

Score: VCU 94, Duquesne 87
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa. (A.J. Palumbo Center)
Records: VCU 12-3 (2-0 A-10), Duquesne 8-7 (1-1)

The short story: Redshirt freshman guard Samir Doughty scored 17 of his career-high 23 points in the second half and added nine assists and seven rebounds to spark VCU's 94-87 victory at Duquesne Wednesday in Pittsburgh. VCU extended its win streak to six games.
 
OPENING TIP
  • VCU, which led 37-33 at the half built its advantage to as much as 18 behind .625 (20-of-32) shooting in the period.
  • Doughty hit 6-of-7 second half field goals, including both of his 3-point attempts. Doughty was 9-of-15 overall from the field. He added three steals.
  • Mo Alie-Cox hit all nine of his shots, many of them thunderous dunks, on the way to an 18-point effort.
  • In all, five Rams reached double figures, including juniors Justin Tillman (16) and Johnny Williams (13) and senior JeQuan Lewis (11). Lewis also dished out seven assists.
  • VCU shot a season-best .569 (37-of-65) on the way to its season-high 94 points. VCU also outrebounded Duquesne 38-31.
THE DIFFERENCE
  • The Rams' offensive efficiency allowed them to overcome first-half foul trouble and turnovers.
  • Williams gave VCU a 50-48 advantage with a layup with 13:40 remaining and kicked off a decisive 14-2 Rams run. Alie-Cox provided a pair of big dunks and senior Doug Brooks buried a 3-pointer to help prop up the run, which gave VCU a 62-50 cushion with 11:06 showing on the clock.
  • The Dukes would close to within 66-60, but Williams converted an old-fashioned three-point play, and Doughty added a corner 3-pointer on VCU's next trip to extend the Rams' margin to 72-60 with 7:25 on the clock. Duquesne would not seriously threaten again.
  • Doughty opened the second half with a steal and a traditional three-point play to push the Rams in front 40-33. But the Dukes quickly answered with a 7-0 burst to tie the score at 40-all with 17:55 remaining.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
  • Alie-Cox narrowly missed the VCU record for most made field goals without a miss in a game. Two players have previously finished a game 10-of-10 for the Rams.
  • VCU posted five players in double figures for the second time this year and first since its season-opening win over UNC Asheville on Nov. 11.
WHAT'S NEXT
  • VCU returns home to the E.J. Wade Arena at the Siegel Center to face UMass on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 1 p.m.