LEWIS POURS IN 34, PUSHES VCU TO SEVENTH STRAIGHT WIN

Score: VCU 91, Saint Joseph's  81
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 21-5 (11-2 A-10), Saint Joseph's 10-15 (3-10)
Attendance: 7,637 (97th consecutive sellout)

The short story: Senior guard JeQuan Lewis scored a career-high 34 points on two-days rest, including a 9-of-15 effort from beyond the 3-point arc to drive the Rams to a victory over Saint Joseph's at the E.J. Wade Arena. 
 
OPENING TIP
  • Lewis' 34 points are the most by a Ram since Melvin Johnson dropped 36 at La Salle on Feb. 3, 2016.  His nine made 3-point field goals, are tied for the most in the Atlantic 10 Conference this season are the most by a Ram since Troy Daniels set the school mark with 11 at East Tennessee State on Jan. 2, 2013.
  • Junior forward Justin Tillman produced his fourth straight double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. He is the first VCU player to record four straight double-doubles since Juvonte Reddic did so during the 2013-14 campaign.
  • Senior Doug Brooks started the night hot, hitting two threes in the first four minutes of the game.  He finished the night with 12 points, three steals and two assists.
  • Redshirt freshman guard Samir Doughty also filled up the box score, registering his first career double-double with 10 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.
  • Chris Clover scored 21 points to lead Saint Joseph's, while Charlie Brown added 19. James Demry provided a double-double for the Hawks with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Tuesday's meeting was the first between VCU and Saint Joseph's since the 2016 A-10 Championship Game.
THE DIFFERENCE
  • VCU, which came into the game averaging six 3-pointers per game, buried a season-high 13-of-27 from long distance, including 10-of-19 in the first half alone as the Rams grabbed a 48-44 lead.
  • Lewis scored 18 points in the first half, all in the final 7:05 of the period.
  • The game featured 13 lead changes and seven ties in the first half.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
  • VCU has won seven consecutive games for the second time this season. The Rams season-high streak is eight games.
  • VCU is 13-0 this season when scoring 80 or more points. It is the third time this season the Rams have scored 90 or more points.
  • VCU has won ten straight games at the E.J. Wade Arena and is now 13-1 at home this season.
  • Lewis moved into VCU's top 10 in career 3-pointer with Tuesday's performance. He is also 10th on the Rams single-season list with 73 treys in 2016-17.
WHAT'S NEXT
The Rams will go around the corner to visit the Richmond Spiders at the Robins Center on Friday, Feb. 17. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m.

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