Virginia Commonwealth vs George Washington

VCU 75, George Washington 60


WASHINGTON (AP) - Bradford Burgess scored 24 points, and Virginia Commonwealth weathered a second-half comeback bid by George Washington in a 75-60 victory Sunday.

The Rams (5-3) let a 19-point lead dwindle to 62-56 with five minutes left before Darius Theus made a 3-pointer and a three-point play to put VCU up 68-58 with 3:56 to go.

Rob Brandenberg had 12 points, and Theus and Briante Weber added 10 apiece for VCU, which made nine of its season-high 12 3-pointers in the first half.

It was the fourth win in five games for the Rams, who reached the Final Four last season.

Nemanja Mikic led George Washington (4-3) with 15 points and Tony Taylor had 14. The Colonials outscored VCU 34-32 after halftime, but that wasn't enough to make up for a first half in which they missed 16 of 27 shots and committed 10 turnovers.

The game was part of the BB&T Classic, a one-day tournament at Verizon Center. Maryland faced Notre Dame in the other game.

VCU used a 13-2 run in the first half to pull out of a tie and take the lead for good. Troy Daniels sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around two foul shots by Burgess to make it 24-16, and after David Pellom scored for George Washington, Daniels connected again from long range before D.J. Haley made a layup for a 29-18 advantage.

Late in the half, a basket by Weber and successive 3-pointers by Brandenberg put the Rams up by 19.

VCU went 9 for 15 from beyond the arc in the first half.

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Virginia Commonwealth Rams
B. Burgess, F368-154-451024
J. Reddic, F362-72-311036
D. Haley, C161-20-02022
R. Brandenberg, G384-131-253012
D. Theus, G233-52-325310
T. Daniels193-70-01009
B. Weber163-64-414310
T. Graham110-20-21120
J. Guest31-10-00002
R. McCarter10-00-00000
T. Okereafor10-00-01000
Totals 25-5813-1833141375
George Washington Colonials
J. Edwards, F281-40-17032
N. Mikic, F256-120-001315
J. Kopriva, F141-21-13003
T. Taylor, G335-102-255414
L. Kromah, G264-80-06248
D. Pellom293-51-25327
A. Ware214-90-02128
B. Bynes160-20-02000
D. Smith61-21-10013
D. Guest20-00-00010
Totals 25-545-733122060
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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Will. & Mary10-817-14110
J. Madison7-1110-23256

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Rhode Island13-525-1031
St. Bona.11-720-1291
Geo. Wash.10-820-15102
George Mason9-920-14103
La Salle9-915-15137
Saint Louis6-1212-21238
Saint Josephs4-1411-20201
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