GIBBS, ALDRIDGE POWER DAVIDSON PAST VCU

Score: Davidson 69, VCU 63
Location: Davidson, N.C. (Belk Arena)
Records: VCU 14-4 (4-1 A-10), Davidson 9-7 (2-3)

The short story: JeQuan Lewis scored 17 points, all in the second half, and Ahmed Hamdy recorded his first career double-double, but it wasn't enough to stop Davidson Saturday at Belk Arena. The loss snaps VCU's season-high eight game win streak.
 
OPENING TIP
  • The high-scoring Davidson duo of Jack Gibbs (30) and Peyton Aldridge combined for 54 of the Wildcats' 69 points, including 32 in the second half.
  • Hamdy came off the bench to provide 13 points and 10 rebounds for VCU.
  • Lewis added eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.
  • Junior Justin Tillman narrowly missed his third straight double-double, scoring 11 points while hauling down nine rebounds for the Rams.
  • Senior Mo Alie-Cox added 11 points and three blocks.
  • The game featured six ties and nine lead changes.
THE DIFFERENCE
  • Davidson, which was 1-of-12 from 3-point range in the first half, hit 5-of-10 in the second, including three straight during an 11-2 run that provided the Wildcats with a 61-53 advantage with 4:19 left.
  • VCU was knocking on the door after a pair of free throws by redshirt freshman Samir Doughty brought the Rams within 66-63 with 49 seconds left, but Gibbs drew a foul on the ensuing possession, and VCU couldn't get a Lewis 3-pointer to fall with 24 seconds remaining.
  • The Rams trailed 49-42, but Lewis scored five straight VCU points to fire a 9-1 burst that pushed the Rams in front 51-50 with 6:28 on the clock.
  • Gibbs scored 15 points in the first half, including a layup moments before halftime, to lift Davidson to a 29-26 lead at the break.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
  • Tillman compiled 11 points and nine rebounds, despite playing just 15 minutes due to foul trouble.
  • Hamdy is the fourth VCU player to record a double-double this season.
  • The Rams turned the ball 11 times, including just three in the second half. VCU was previously 7-0 this season when it turned the ball over 12 times or less.
  • The loss was VCU's first in true road games this year. The Rams were 4-0 in true road contests this year.
NEXT UP
VCU will head to the Bronx, New York, to face Fordham on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at Rose Hill Gymnasium. That game will be televised by MASN. 
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