VCU PULLS AWAY FROM UMASS LATE, EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO SEVEN

Score: VCU 81, UMass 64
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 13-3 (3-0 Atlantic 10), UMass 10-6 (0-3)
Attendance: 7,637 (91st consecutive sellout)

The short story: Senior guard JeQuan Lewis scored all 17 of his points in the second half, while classmate Doug Brooks provided timely buckets and a defensive jolt in a victory over UMass Saturday in Richmond. VCU has won seven straight games.
 
OPENING TIP
  • Four VCU players notched double-digit scoring performances, including Lewis (17) and Brooks (14). Juniors Johnny Williams and Justin Tillman each provided 12 points.
  • Tillman recorded his first double-double of the year, hauling down 10 rebounds. He has six career double-doubles.
  • UMass led for more than 12 minutes of the first half, but VCU took command in the second and led by as many as 19 on the way to the win.
  • Seniors Jordan Burgess (Nine points, four rebounds) and Mo Alie-Cox (seven points, eight rebounds, three steals) added workman-like efforts for the Rams.
  •  VCU led for the final 24 minutes Saturday.
  • Rashaan Holloway led the Minutemen with 22 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.
THE DIFFERENCE
  • VCU got six points from Lewis to spark a 23-7 run that turned a 1-point Rams lead into a 61-44 margin with 9:29 remaining.
  • The Rams committed just two turnovers in the second half and finished the game with 11. VCU is 6-0 this season when it turns the ball over 12 or fewer times.
  • Along with VCU's sure-handedness came precise offensive execution. The Rams shot .485 (16-of-33) from the field in the second half, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range.
  • VCU outrebounded UMass 45-32 and limited the Minutemen to 4-of-18 shooting from 3-point range.
  • Brook propped VCU up in the first half with 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. He hit a go-ahead triple to give the Rams a 25-23 lead with 4:00 left in the first half. Moments later, he buried a trey from the right corner to extend the VCU lead to 29-23.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
  • VCU improved to a league-best 63-21 (.750) against Atlantic 10 competition since joining the conference prior to the 2012-13 season.
  • The Rams improved to 5-2 all-time against UMass.
NEXT UP
VCU will host George Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at the E.J. Wade Arena at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast by ESPN2. 
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