Video: VCU Black & Gold Game

Freshman Justin Tillman goes up for one of his several power finishes of the evening.
Freshman Justin Tillman goes up for one of his several power finishes of the evening.

Ram fans got their first taste of the latest edition of havoc tonight and they certainly had to like what they saw.

Assistant coach, Mike Morrell, led his Gold Team behind a balanced attack to take down team Black, 73-63. Gold saw four players in double-digits including a team-high 19 from sophomore JeQuan Lewis. Lewis had one of a number of hot hands on the Gold team, hitting 50% of his attempts from the field including a 3-of-4 night from distance.

Lewis just barely outpaced senior Briante Weber’s 15 points. Weber was as steady as you’d hope from a A-10 First Team senior, hitting 60% of is attempts and dishing out seven assists to just one turnover. Weber not surprisingly led all players with three assists in the win.

Jared Guest and freshman, Michael Gilmore (nephew of NBA Hall of Famer, Artis Gilmore) finished with 10 each, both shooting at least 50% in the win and grabbing six rebounds each.

Melvin Johnson led team Black in a losing effort, going off for 26 points in his 26 minutes for Jeremy Ballard’s team. Johnson hit 8-of-16 attempts on the evening including a 5-10 mark from deep. Treveon Graham was the only player from the Black team to hit double figures, scoring 14 points while hitting five of his seven attempts including a perfect 3-3 from deep. Black outrebounded Gold 28-25 with a game-high eight from redshirt sophomore, Mo Alie-Cox who added five points in the loss.

The Rams will next hit the Siegel Center floor on Friday, Nov 7 to take on Cal U (PA) in their exhibition opener before heading to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD to face the Vols of Tennessee in their regular season opener. VCU will play their regular season home opener on Tuesday, Nov 18 against the Rockets of the University of Toledo (FYI: They may not be a big name but are VERY good).

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A two-time graduate of VCU (School of the Arts '07, Center for Sport Leadership '10), Mat is a co-founder of VCU Ram Nation and a longtime fan as the ...