RAMS STORM BACK TO STUN ST. BONAVENTURE IN OVERTIME

Score: VCU 83, St. Bonaventure 77 – OT
Location: St. Bonaventure, N.Y. (Reilly Center)
Records: VCU 18-5 (8-2 A-10), St. Bonaventure 14-8 (6-4)

The short story: Mo Alie-Cox scored four of his 20 points in overtime and JeQuan Lewis added 18 points – including a clutch free throw with 0.5 seconds left in regulation – as VCU escaped with an 83-77 victory Saturday at St. Bonaventure.
 
OPENING TIP
  • St. Bonaventure's Matt Mobley hit a contested, step-back 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left to give the Bonnies a 66-65 lead. St. Bonaventure fans subsequently stormed the court, and after the court was cleared the Bonnies were assessed a one-shot administrative technical foul. Lewis buried the free throw in front of a packed Reilly Center to send the game to the extra period.
  • Alie-Cox hit 8-of-11 shots from the floor and buried a pair of free throws with 18 seconds left in overtime to provide the Rams with a four-point cushion, 81-77. He also blocked three shots, including a late St. Bonaventure 3-point attempt.
  • Junior forward Justin Tillman provided his third double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds for VCU.
  • Lewis also handed out seven assists, while senior guard Doug Brooks contributed 10 points and three steals.
  • Mobley was nearly unstoppable for the Bonnies. He buried 9-of-15 three-point attempts and finished with 34 points. Jaylen Adams knocked down 14-of-15 free throws for the Bonnies and finished with 21 points and six assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED
  • VCU scored at the rim on its first three possessions of overtime, including a traditional three-point play by junior guard Johnny Williams. A short time later, Lewis buried a 3-pointer from the wing to push the Rams in front 79-74 with 1:49 on the clock. But Mobley and the Bonnies wouldn't go quietly. The Bonnies' guard buried a long, straightaway triple to trim the VCU lead to two with 1:21 showing. But St. Bonaventure committed a turnover, and Alie-Cox blocked a Mobley 3-pointer on its last two possessions. Williams and Alie-Cox each sank a pair of free throws for the final margin.
  • The Rams led 65-58 with 2:44 left in regulation, but Mobley hit a three, and Adams knocked down two free throws to pull the Bonnies within 65-63 to set up Mobley's heroics.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
  • VCU has won four straight games to improve to 8-2 and remain tied with Dayton atop the A-10 standings.
  • The Rams outscored St. Bonaventure 44-12 in the paint.
  • The game featured eight ties and 11 lead changes.
NEXT UP
VCU will head to George Washington on Feb. 8 for a 9 p.m. tip-off. CBS Sports Network will televise that contest. 
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