Massachusetts vs VCU

VCU 86, UMass 68

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Treveon Graham scored 19 points and Virginia Commonwealth clinched its seventh consecutive 20-win season by beating Massachusetts 86-68 in the schools' first-ever meeting Thursday night.

VCU (20-5, 8-2 Atlantic 10 Conference) also got 18 points from Melvin Johnson, who hit 8 of 13 shots, including 2 of 4 3-point attempts. Rob Brandenberg added 12 points with four steals - the Rams forced 24 turnovers, including 15 steals, while committing just eight giveaways. VCU entered leading the country with 12 steals and 20.3 turnovers forced per game this season.

UMass led 42-37 at halftime, but VCU opened the second half on a 21-1 run over the first 8 minutes. The win was VCU's fourth straight.

Raphiael Putney scored 19 points with 10 rebounds to lead the Minutemen (16-7, 6-4). Chaz Williams, seventh nationally with 7.1 assists per game, had seven assists and nine rebounds but also committed six turnovers.

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Scoreboard
Massachusetts (16-7)422668
Virginia Commonwealth (20-5) «374986

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Massachusetts Minutemen
R. Putney, F308-110-1101219
T. Vinson, F292-63-64147
S. Carter, F251-44-53106
C. Williams, G341-74-69736
F. Riley, G325-130-021212
M. Esho180-13-44023
C. Lalanne151-54-43036
T. Davis112-33-54117
T. Bergantino61-10-01012
Totals 21-5121-3145121868
 41.2%67.7% 
VCU Rams
J. Reddic, F233-72-27338
T. Graham, G306-115-661019
D. Theus, G283-70-03736
R. Brandenberg, G273-165-641012
T. Daniels, G263-90-05139
M. Johnson188-130-021018
B. Weber143-62-22139
J. Guest131-20-01042
D. Haley71-21-23023
D. Hinton60-00-01040
J. Tuoyo60-20-01010
T. Okereafor20-00-01000
Totals 31-7515-1837152386
 41.3%83.3% 
Atlantic 10
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Dayton15-324-830
VCU14-426-922
Rhode Island13-525-1031
Richmond13-522-1380
St. Bona.11-720-1291
Geo. Wash.10-820-15102
George Mason9-920-14103
La Salle9-915-15137
Davidson8-1017-1589
Fordham7-1113-19215
Saint Louis6-1212-21238
UMass4-1415-18193
Saint Josephs4-1411-20201
Duquesne3-1510-22266
 
Other games
NW 59 Final
OHST 69
WISC 53 Final
MINN 58
SJU 58 Final
LOU 72
ARIZ 58 Final
COLO 71
GONZ 77 Final
STMA 60