It had been 18 years since VCU and Virginia Tech last met and it might be another 18 until they meet again after the Ram’s 82-52 dismantling of the Hokies last night. After a 6-0 VT “run” to start the game, the Rams reeled off a 37-2 run of their own to essentially end this one with six minutes to play in the first half.
The black and gold got a havoc-filled effort in their most impressive win of the season. VCU forced 27 turnovers to just seven of their own, and got a hot night from sophomore shooter, Melvin Johnson. Johnson started the game with a 6-6 first half from long range and finished with 27 points in just 19 minutes of play off the bench.
Johnson was one of just two Rams to post double-digit scoring in a balanced offensive night for VCU. Juvonte Reddic added 10 points in a 10-point 11-rebound double-double and added three steals an assist and a block on the night. VCU leading scorer, Treveon Graham, posted seven points on the evening, his first single-digit output of the season in a night the Rams barely needed him.
Seven other Rams posted at least five points in the win, including starting point guard Briante Weber. Weber added four assists, four steals and four rebounds in the win.
Not to be outdone, freshman point guard JeQuan Lewis posted a havoc-filled line of five points, six assists and five steals off the bench in just 17 minutes of play. He along with Mo Alie-Cox led the youth movement in last night’s win, as the two were a defensive force in both turning the Hokies over and making sure there were no easy baskets on the night. Alie-Cox had just one official block but altered shots all night and blocked a number of potential and-1 plays.
Freshman Doug Brooks led all freshmen scorers with six points in eight minutes off the bench, hitting two of four three-point attempts in the win.
The win moves VCU to 10-3 on the season before taking on another ACC opponent, Boston College, next Saturday in Brooklyn, NY. VCU is 2-1 against ACC teams this year, having swept both state teams but losing a Puerto Rico Tip-Off matchup against Florida State.