PHILADELPHIA, PA (WWBT) - Melvin Johnson scored 25 points and the Rams overcame a 13 point second half deficit to beat St. Joseph's, 85-82, in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. The win improves the Rams' record to 10-5, 2-0 in the Atlantic 10, and is their fifth straight victory.
The Hawks opened the game on an 8-0 run, but VCU would chip away and head into the locker room with a 38-35 advantage. St. Joe's quickly erased that, beginning the second half on a 13-0 run to take a 48-38 lead. The lead would swell to 70-57 with 7:11 remaining, and that's when the Rams came alive. Johnson's three with 5:12 to play cut the lead to 72-65, and just two minutes later, Doug Brooks drained a three-pointer to pull VCU to within five points at 75-70.
Mo Alie-Cox would take over from there, scoring ten straight points for the Rams,a stretch in which VCU would out-score St. Joe's, 10-2, and take the lead. Alie-Cox's lay-up with 1:34 to play put his squad in front, 78-77, and with the game tied a 78 moments later, he would connect on a jump shot to put VCU back in front.
JeQuan Lewis's lay-up with 22 seconds left gave the Rams a four point advantage and VCU would hit its free throws down the stretch to clinch the come-from-behind win.
Lewis would score 19 points while Alie-Cox would chip in 14. In addition to his points, Lewis added six rebounds, six assists and two steals. Isaiah Miles led all scorers with 31 points for St. Joseph's in the losing effort.
For the third straight game, VCU remained in single digits in turnovers committed, only giving the ball away eight times.
The Rams return to action on Sunday when they visit Saint Louis, with tip-off set for 4:00pm.