COURTESY: Davidson Athletics
DAVIDSON, N.C. – In addition to a fast start, JeQuan Lewis scored 22 points, Melvin Johnson added 21 and Mo Alie-Cox had a double-double (18 pts, 11 rebs) as VCU ended Davidson’s 15-game home winning streak with a 79-69 victory over the Wildcats inside a sold out Belk Arena Friday evening.
The Rams raced out to a 29-7 lead before going to the half up, 38-28. VCU shot 53.1 percent in the period, while holding the Wildcats to just 8-of-28 (.286). Despite a stretch of more than 8 minutes without a field goal, Davidson closed the first half with 11 straight points capped off by consecutive 3-pointers from Jack Gibbs and Peyton Aldridge.
Gibbs paced Davidson (12-7, 4-4 A-10) with a game-high 37 points on 11-of-20 shooting, including six 3-pointers. It also marked the seventh time the nation’s fourth-leading scorer has gone over the 35-point plateau in his career.
Brian Sullivan (12) and Andrew McAuliffe (10) also contributed double figures for the Wildcats, who shot 41.4 percent, but drilled 11 treys.
VCU (16-5, 8-0 A-10), which shot 50 percent for the contest, held a 45-26 advantage on the glass and finished with 46 points in the paint.
After the Wildcats used a 17-4 run to cut the deficit to 57-55, with6:49 to play, VCU extended the margin back to double digits and put the game out of reach.
The Wildcats forced 17 turnovers, but committed 16 of their own.
Davidson will travel to George Washington for a 7 p.m. tip Wednesdayevening.