RAMS OVERPOWER SPIDERS IN THE SECOND HALF TO COMPLETE SWEEP

Score: VCU 84, Richmond 73
Location: Richmond, Va. (Robins Center)
Records: 22-5 (12-2 A-10), Richmond 15-11 (9-5)

The short story: Point guards JeQuan Lewis and Johnny Williams combined for 31 points, and VCU locked down Richmond defensively in the second half on the way to an 84-73 win at the Robins Center. The victory is the Rams eighth straight and completes a regular-season sweep of the Spiders.

OPENING TIP

  • Lewis led three Rams in double figures with 16 points, including 11 in the second half as VCU took control. He added seven rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals.
  • Williams buoyed VCU in the first half, using a series of drives and floaters on the way to nine of his 15 points. He also handed out four assists.
  • Senior Doug Brooks provided 10 points and his standard in-your-face on-ball defense.
  • The Rams received contributions from up and down their roster. Freshman guard Malik Crowfield tied a career high with a trio of 3-pointers, while classmate Samir Doughty added nine points and four rebounds. Junior forward Justin Tillman battled through foul trouble to record eight points and six rebounds for the Rams.
  • ShawnDre' Jones led the Spiders with 20 points. T.J. Cline provided 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
THE DIFFERENCE
  • VCU shot 59 percent (16-of-27) from the field in the second half and 58 percent (30-of-52) for the game overall.
  • Richmond shot just 33 percent (9-of-27) in the second half, and much of that came in the waning moments. The Spiders missed 14 of their first 18 attempts in the second period.
  • The Rams charged out of halftime and scored the first eight points of the half, including a pair of dunks by senior Mo Alie-Cox, to grab a 46-37 lead with 17:02 remaining. Richmond would draw no closer than six points the rest of the way.
  • The Spiders used an 8-0 burst, punctuated by a Nick Sherod 3-pointer, to assume a 31-26 lead with 5:03 left in the first half. But Alie-Cox responded with a three-point play to stop the bleeding. A short time later, Ahmed Hamdy flipped a layup while falling down to provide VCU with a 36-35 halftime lead.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • VCU outscored Richmond 40-22 in the paint, including 20-6 in the second half.
  • The Rams outrebounded the Spiders 34-29. VCU also knocked down 7-of-14 from beyond the 3-point arc.
  • VCU finished 17-of-21 from the free throw line.
  • The Rams improved to 50-28 all-time against Richmond. VCU has won five straight in the series. 
NEXT UP
VCU will take on Saint Louis on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Siegel Center.
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