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VCU Takes Down George Washington

VCU looked to keep things rolling against George Washington today in the 17th annual BB&T Classic, and after an impressive rout of South Florida just four days ago, that’s exactly what they did.

The Ram’s pressure defense and hot hand from distance saw the black-and-gold jump out to a 43-26 halftime lead, a lead that while threatened, proved to be too much for the Colonials out of the A10 to overcome.

George Washington held a one-point lead at the 12:58 mark in the first half, and then the Rams got hot, hitting six of their next nine three-point attempts to finish the half.

Bradford Burgess lead the charge, scoring 12 of his 24 points in the first half. The senior guard hit two of his three long range attempts in the half, only to be outdone by sophomore Rob Brandenberg who was a perfect 3-3 in the first half. Brandenberg finished the game with 12 points in the win.

Darius Theus was hampered by foul trouble early, but came up huge for the Rams when they needed him down the stretch.

After a GW layup that cut the Rams lead to just six with 5:26 to play, Theus followed up a clutch three-pointer with one of the old fashioned variety, getting the hoop, the harm and a nine-point lead with just under four minutes to play. The Rams would surrender only one basket in the remaining 3:56.

Theus finished with 10 points and lead VCU with five assists in the win.

Freshman Briante Weber rounded out the list of double-digit scorers for the Rams. Like Theus, Weber found himself in a bit of foul trouble, but managed 10 points in only 16 minutes of play.

Juvonte Reddic lead all players with 11 rebounds on the afternoon. Reddic finished with the game with 6 points on 2-of-7 shooting, and added a career-high three blocks for the Rams.

The win moves VCU to 5-3 heading into a primetime ESPN2 matchup against Richmond in this year’s installment of the Black & Blue Challenge.

Both teams were a part of last year’s Sweet 16, with the Spiders falling to Kansas just before VCU would knock the Jayhawks out of last year’s tournament in stunning fashion, punching VCU’s first ever ticket to the Final 4.

The Rams look to avenge a 12-point road load at UofR, their first loss in the series since 2003.

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VCU School of the Arts (BFA ’07) and Center for Sport Leadership (M.Ed. ’10) alumnus, Mat has followed VCU basketball since the Sunbelt days when he’d attend games with his father. Worked as a graduate assistant in the VCU Sports Information Department for the ’09-’10 season, but has covered VCU basketball for VCURamNation.com since 2007.