VCU loses to St. Bonaventure…THEN WINS, 83-77

Justin Tillman led VCU with an 18-point, 12-rebound double-double in tonight’s win including a clutch overtime and-one to help seal the game.

With 3.8 seconds to play and a two-point Rams lead, all VCU had to do was come up with one stop. That’s when St. Bonaventure’s Matt Mobley hit his eighth three-pointer of the contest to give the Bonnies a one-point lead, queuing the Bonnies student section to rush the floor after what looked like a dramatic win.

One problem: there was 0.4 seconds to play and the Bona fans storming of the court prevented VCU from making a basketball play, thus resulting in a one-shot technical foul for VCU, a JeQuan Lewis free throw that would send the game into overtime where VCU would go on to win it, 83-77.

That. Just. Happened.

The Rams pulled off easily one of the most memorable road wins of VCU history thanks to a little help from the St. Bonaventure student section.

Lewis’ free throw was one of his 16 points in a win that saw four VCU starters in double-digits. That group was led by Mo Alie-Cox with a man’s 20 points. The VCU senior big was a force all evening, finishing eight of his 11 attempts while blocking a team-high three shots for VCU.

Alie-Cox was once again joined in the paint by a big night from junior Justin Tillman who posted the games only double-double, scoring 18 points to go with a game-high 12 rebounds in the win.

Doug Brooks got rounded out the list of double-digit starters, scoring 10 for the Rams, just outpacing Johnny Williams’ nine points including VCU’s final two of the game, two game-icing free throws to seal the win.

The victory is a huge one for both VCU’s at-large hopes and A-10 regular season schedule. The win keeps VCU atop that Atlantic 10 standings at 8-2 (18-5 overall) and gives VCU a head-to-head tie-breaker over St. Bonaventure, as this is the only regular season game between the two. VCU now owns a tie-breaker over both St. Bonaventure and La Salle, two teams sitting just outside of the A-10’s top-four in a league that gives its top-four a key bye game come A-10 tourney time.

The win extends VCU’s winning streak to four games heading into a Wednesday night road matchup at George Washington.

VCU School of the Arts (BFA '07) and Center for Sport Leadership (M.Ed. '10) alumnus, Mat has followed VCU basketball since the Sunbelt days when he'd...
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  • February 4, 2017
If Mo had 20 and JT 18, Mo led the team.
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    • February 4, 2017
    Who cares...WE WON THE GAME! Go Rams!