Richmond, VA (Sports Network) - Treveon Graham led the way with 19 points, as
the Virginia Commonwealth Rams used a decisive run to open the second half to
take down the Massachusetts Minutemen, 86-68, in an Atlantic 10 Conference
matchup at the Siegel Center.
For the Rams (20-5, 8-2 A-10), Melvin Johnson added 18 points and Rob
Brandenberg chipped in with 12 points.
Raphael Putney led the Minutemen (16-7, 6-4) with a double-double of 19 points
and 10 rebounds, while Freddie Riley finished with 12 points. Chaz Williams
scored just six points on 1-of-7 from the field but tallied nine rebounds and
UMass opened the game with the hot hand, connecting on 51.7 percent of its
field goal tries in the first half, including 5-of-12 from beyond the 3-point
arc, as it went into halftime ahead, 42-37. VCU was held to just 36.8 percent
shooting in the opening frame.
The Rams opened the second half on a 21-1 run to take control of the game, and
they led by double-digits the rest of the way.
VCU forced 24 UMass turnovers and converted them into 28 points.
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