VCU rallies to beat St. John’s 75-69 in Battle 4 Atlantis

VCU senior guard Johnny Williams (10) scored a career-high 22 points in 75-69 win over St. John's in Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, Thursday, November, 24, 2016 (Credit: AXS TV)
VCU senior guard Johnny Williams (10) scored a career-high 22 points in 75-69 win over St. John's in Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, Thursday, November, 24, 2016 (Credit: AXS TV)

By AARON BEARD
AP Basketball Writer

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) – Jonathan Williams scored 22 points and hit the go-ahead, driving layup with 3:59 left to help VCU hold off St. John’s 75-69 on Thursday night in Battle 4 Atlantis consolation bracket.

VCU's Johnny Williams (10) goes up for a layup in the first half against St. John's in Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on November, 24, 2016. (Credit: AXS TV)
VCU’s Johnny Williams (10) goes up for a layup in the first half against St. John’s in Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on November, 24, 2016. (Credit: AXS TV)

JeQuan Lewis added 15 points for the Rams (4-1), including a driving score of his own to follow Williams’ basket. Then he and Mo Alie-Cox went 4 for 4 at the foul line in the last 13 seconds to help seal the win on a night when both teams blew double-digit leads.

Alie-Cox also finished with 15 points for VCU, which shot 42 percent.

Shamorie Ponds scored 18 points to lead the Red Storm (2-3), who made their first eight shots in the game but shot just 28 percent (8 of 29) after halftime.

St. John’s led by 13 points in the first half, while VCU rallied to lead by 11 with about 14 minutes left.