VCU rallies in second-half to take down Duquesne, 78-67

VCU (11-6, 3-1) fought back in the second-half and outscored Duquesne 50-31 to hand the Dukes their first conference loss of the season by the score, 78-67.

It seemed like nothing could go right for VCU in the first half. The Rams were shooting 10-30 from the floor, 3-10 from range, and 5-11 from the FT line.

Duquesne held VCU big man Justin Tillman scoreless in the first half. Issac Vann was the only Ram to reach double figures by the halfway mark with his 11 points. Vann would end the night with 15 points and 5 rebounds.

The Dukes were able to grow their lead as high as 13 points in the first half, and it looked like the Rams may be on their heels for the remainder off the contest.

VCU turned the ball over 9 times in the first half which lead to 15 points for Duquesne.

The Rams only turned the ball over 5 times in the next 20 minutes.

The second half was all VCU.

Senior Jonathan Williams scored 6 of team-high 21 points in the first 5 minutes of the second half. All but 5 of his points came in the final 20 minutes. Williams also tallied 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals to round out his night.

The Rams used 58% (15-26) shooting from the floor too take control of the game in the second half. They also shot an incredible effecient 4-8 from deep, and an impressive 15-18 (89%) from the free throw line.

De’Riante Jenkins shot a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line en route to his 12 point, 9 rebound performance.

Jenkins shot 2-3 from range on the night, including a three at the 10:36 mark in the second half to tie the game at 46 points.

Over the next 3 minutes and 30 seconds three different Rams (Jenkins—twice, Sean Mobley, & Mike’l Simms) would hit knock down a combined four three-pointers to secure the victory for the Rams.

Senior Justin Tillman also notched his 6th straight double-double, and eighth overall, with a 10 point, 17 rebound show. He led both teams on the glass.

VCU will return to action this Friday, January 12th at 7pm on ESPN2 as they travel to take on former VCU Head Coach Anthony Grant and his Dayton Flyers.

Marcus is a VCU School of World Studies graduate. Upon completing his degree in 2007, Marcus joined Michael, Matt, and Mat in creating