@DuqMBB Falls at VCU
Jan. 9, 2018
RICHMOND, VA - VCU held Duquesne to 31.4 percent shooting in the second half in rallying from an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat the Dukes, 78-67, at Siegel Center.
Jonathan Williams led four Rams in double figures with 21 points, including 16 in the second half. Justin Tillman scored all 10 of his points in the second 20 minutes for VCU.
Mike Lewis II hit six 3-pointers in leading the Dukes with 23. Eric Williams added 15 for Duquesne which suffered its first Atlantic 10 defeat.
The Dukes, who were outscored 21-6 from the foul line, led by two when center Chas Brown was whistled for his fifth foul with 11:29 left, and were down 51-47 when Jordan Robinson was sent to the bench with his fifth foul two minutes later.
Williams scored 10 in the final 3:26, including six from the foul line, to help the Rams pull away.
Duquesne hit seven 3-pointers, including four from Lewis II in building a 36-28 halftime lead. The 28 points tied VCU's low total in any half this season.
VCU turned the table by limiting the Dukes to 31 in the final 20 minutes.
The Rams opened the second half with a 13-3 run, including six points by Williams, to make it 41-39 with 14:43 left.
VCU shot 57.7 percent in outscoring Duquesne 50-31 in the second half. The 50 points were the most scored against the Dukes in a half this season.
With its two centers - Brown and Robinson - playing just 17 minutes, the Dukes were outrebounded 50-31. It was just the third time this season, and first time in 14 games, that DU was outrebounded.
Duquesne returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 13, when it hosts La Salle at 12:30 p.m. The La Salle game will be televised nationally by NBCSN.
Duquesne, which held its previous two opponents to 38 total second-half points (23 vs. George Washington and 15 at Fordham), gave up a season-high 50 points to the Rams in the second 20 minutes. The 50 points were the most scored in either half against the Dukes this season.
This was just the third time this season - and first time in 14 games - that the Dukes were outrebounded. VCU's +19 rebound margin (50-31) was the largest by an opponent this season.
Freshman Tydus Verhoeven had eight rebounds and three blocks in 31 minutes before fouling out with 2:32 remaining.
Duquesne's largest lead was 13 points at 33-20 with 2:07 left in the first half ... VCU's largest lead was 13 at 78-65 with 0:29 to go in the game ... Duquesne led for 26:31 and VCU led for 10:28 ... the game was tied for 3:01.