Northern Iowa vs Virginia Commonwealth

VCU 77, N. Iowa 68


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Darius Theus scored his only three field goals of the game in the final 4:45 Friday night, accounting for all Virginia Commonwealth's points in a 7-2 run, and the Rams held on to beat Northern Iowa 77-68.

Bradford Burgess scored 17 and Rob Brandenberg 13 for the Rams (23-6), whose 11-game winning streak was snapped by an off-balance, buzzer-beating 3-pointer against George Mason on Tuesday night. VCU closed with a 13-6 run to improve to 5-3 in BracketBusters contests.

The Panthers (17-12), trying to bounce back from a 63-62 loss to Evansville, got 18 points from Deon Mitchell and 10 from Anthony James. They lost despite shooting 55.6 percent overall (25 of 45) and hitting 9 of 17 3-point shots. VCU was almost as good from deep, hitting 8 of 21.

Theus finished with nine points, six assists and four of VCU's 12 steals.

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Northern Iowa Panthers
S. Tuttle, F262-25-88229
J. Koch, F242-60-01044
J. Moran, G363-60-04318
D. Mitchell, G357-114-456318
M. Sonnen, G243-50-00348
A. James284-80-140110
C. Rank163-50-01018
M. Morrison101-20-00103
A. Pehl10-00-00000
Totals 25-459-1324151668
Virginia Commonwealth Rams
J. Reddic, F375-115-6112015
D. Haley, C82-31-23135
D. Theus, G353-93-32619
T. Daniels, G323-84-410212
B. Burgess, G276-92-223417
R. Brandenberg265-70-122113
T. Graham191-42-23224
B. Weber161-30-04122
Totals 26-5417-2028171577
Missouri Valley
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Wichita St.16-226-947
Illinois St.12-618-14114
So. Illinois11-722-10138
N. Iowa11-723-1370
Indiana St.8-1015-17171
Missouri St.8-1013-19235

Colonial Athletic
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
J. Madison11-721-11103
Will. & Mary11-720-1167