Rozzell HUGE as Rams Win CBI Title in St. Louis

CBICHampsBrandon Rozzell scored a game high 27 points for the Rams in a 71-65 victory over St. Louis for the 2010 CBI Championship.

The Rams, who struggled in regular season road games, were forced to win one of two in St. Louis to lock up the crown after defeating the Billikens in the first of a best of three series this Monday in Richmond.

St. Louis compiled 23 wins and an 18-3 home record this season behind one of the stingiest defenses in the country, which for the first half of the game, looked to be the the blueprint for their 24th win. That is until VCU found it’s offense, scoring 47 second half points in rout to the unusual road COMEBACK victory, their 27th and final win of the season.

Joey Rodriguez struggled early but finished with 13 points on the night. Rodriguez averaged just under 18 points to go along with 5.6 assists in CBI play, good enough to win CBI Tournament MVP honors.

VCU leading scorer Larry Sanders was saddled with foul trouble most of the evening, finishing with 3 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks, and two steals to go along with his 4 fouls in potentially his final game as a Ram.

Sanders has been projected as high as a late lottery pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, but has fallen into the late teens to late first round in most mock drafts (currently 26th on

Jamie Skeen continued his solid CBI play, coming up big for the Rams late in the game, and posting 16 points on 7-10 shooting, to go along with 6 rebounds on the night.

Skeen averaged 12.2 points a game in CBI play, up more than 4 points over his regular season average.

The Rams would return all 5 starters with the return of Larry Sanders for the 2010-11 season.

Matt has been reporting on VCU sports for Ram Nation since 2007 with a focus on news, photos, and feature stories.