Instant Reaction: UMass-VCU

Instant Reaction to VCU's win over UMass

VCU vs UMass
Photo Credit: MIKE SZVETITZ RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH

VCU used a workmen type effort to defeat UMass, 81-64. The Rams had four players in double digits led by JeQuan Lewis’ 17. UMass got a monster game out of sophomore big man, Rashaan Holloway. Holloway had 22 points and 11 rebounds.

In the first the Minutemen led by as many as 5 points but VCU was able to wrestle the lead away before the end of the half. Zach Lewis’ jumper gave UMass a 12-7 lead. After the Rams got closer Holloway scored a basket that gave UMass a 23-20 before VCU turned it on before the end of the half with a 13-6 run, with Doug Brooks scoring 10 of the 13 points. The run gave the Rams a 33-27 lead despite JeQuan Lewis not having any points.

In the first half both teams shot under 40% but VCU got 18 points off their bench and snatched 8 offensive rebounds.

UMass was led in the half by Rashaan Holloway’s 8 points 6 rebounds and Zach Lewis’ 7 points. VCU was led by Doug Brooks’ 10 points and Justin Tillman’s 8 points 7 rebounds.

In the second half, UMass cut the lead to a 1 but VCU went on a 7-0 run capped by J Lewis’ 3-point play giving the Rams a 45-37 lead. Lewis scored all of his 17 points in the second half. UMass continued to be largely a one-man team as Holloway led them with 14 points in the second half on 4-4 from the field and 6-6 from the free throw but it wasn’t nearly enough.

The Rams increased their lead to 19 points on a on two free throws by Jordan Burgess. UMass never got closer than 14 points after that.

VCU shot 47% from the 3-point line and outrebounded UMass 45-32.

VCU Leaders:

Points: JeQuan Lewis – 17

Rebounds: Justin Tillman – 10

Assists: JeQuan Lewis – 6

UMass Leaders

Points: Holloway – 22

Rebounds: Holloway – 11

Assists: DeJon Jarreau – 4

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Born and raised in the DMV, Marcus Washington is a former High School Basketball coach and currently a member of the USBWA and FWAA.

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