BACK FROM THE BRINK, LEWIS, RAMS SCORE LAST-SECOND WIN AT GW

Score: VCU 54, George Washington 53
Location: Washington, D.C. (Smith Center)
Records: VCU 19-5 (9-2), George Washington 12-12 (4-7)

The short story: Senior guard JeQuan Lewis drew a foul with 0.4 seconds remaining and knocked down a pair of free throws to give VCU a second straight dramatic victory Wednesday at George Washington.
 
OPENING TIP
  • George Washington's Yuta Wantanabe appeared to give the Colonials a stunning 53-52 victory with a fade away 3-pointer from the right corner at the final horn. After reviewing the replay, officials put 0.4 seconds back on the clock. On the ensuing inbounds play, Lewis was knocked to the floor by a George Washington defender. In a one-and-one situation, Lewis coolly buried both free throws. A George Washington heave at the buzzer was long.
  • VCU's win comes one game after a technical foul with 0.5 seconds left gave the Rams second life at St. Bonaventure. The Rams won that game 83-77 in overtime.
  • Junior forward Justin Tillman led VCU with 11 points and 11 rebounds, his second straight double-double.
  • Lewis finished with eight points, all of them in the final 4:23.
  • Redshirt freshman Samir Doughty added 10 points to the VCU cause.
  • George Washington's Tyler Cavanaugh led all players with 13 points and 17 rebounds.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Neither team shot the ball well, and the largest lead of the game by either team was five points. There were seven ties and 10 lead changes.
  • A 3-pointer by Lewis with 4:23 left kicked off an 8-2 VCU burst the provided the Rams with a 51-48 advantage with 1:50 left. A short time later, Jair Bolden pulled GW within 52-50 with a free throw. With 10.2 seconds left, Lewis was unable to convert the front end of a one-and-one, and the Colonials' Jaren Sina raced down to find Wantanabe in the corner for a contested go-ahead trey.
  • VCU struggled offensively in the first half, shooting 22 percent (6-of-27). But the Rams were much more effective in the second, knocking down 50 percent (13-of-26) from the floor.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • With a pair of free throws in the first half, senior forward Mo Alie-Cox became the 37th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark. He finished with nine points, six rebounds and three blocked shots.
  • VCU held onto a share of first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference with the win. The Rams are tied with Dayton at 9-2.
  • The Rams have won five straight games.
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU will host Davidson on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. CBS Sports Network will broadcast that contest. 

 

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