By Gabe Hauari
JeQuan Lewis had 25 points and a career-high 12 assists as VCU rallied from a 16-0 deficit to beat the Princeton Tigers on Tuesday night.
The Rams also got solid contributions from Mo Alie-Cox (15 points, 5 blocks), Jordan Burgess (12 points) and Samir Doughty (11 points).
Lewis, however, was the player of the night for VCU, who were without starting guard Johnny Williams, who was out due to an illness that has been going around the team. Lewis was on the floor for 39 minutes, and despite committing six turnovers, was the catalyst for the Rams’ comeback.
“Basketball is a game of runs. They came out and hit shots, and we did a good job of responding,” he said after the game.
The Tigers came out hot, as they shot 60% from the floor and 57% from beyond the arc. VCU, not to be outdone, shot 54% from the field in the first half. The teams were tied 39-39 at halftime.
The Rams played aggressive defense all night, scoring 27 points off of 19 Princeton turnovers. VCU had a 12-0 advantage in fast break points.
“You can’t come on the road and win with 19 turnovers,” said Princeton coach Mitch Henderson.
Princeton was led by Devin Cannady, who scored 18 points for the Tigers. They also got 14 points from Spencer Weisz and 10 points from Steven Cook.
With the win, the Rams improve to 6-1 on the season. Their next game comes on Saturday against Illinois in the Miami Hoopball Invitational in Miami.
The Princeton Tigers fall to 2-3 with the loss. Their next game will be against Cal next Tuesday in Honolulu, Hawaii.
As always, stay tuned to Rams Review for coverage of this basketballs season!