It was more controlled chaos than havoc most of the night in Greensboro, NC., but as they say, a win is a win, and VCU out shot Southern Conference UNC Greensboro to the tune of a 80-68 victory, good for the Ram’s sixth-straight win.
The Spartans committed just four first-half turnovers — two less than VCU — and after a last second three-pointer went into the lockers down just four at the half.
But the Rams first half pressure appeared to do what it has done most of this season, as VCU was able to go on a 20-7 run over a five and a half minutes stretch of the second half, extending their lead to 65-50.
Rob Brandenberg lead the second-half charge, scoring 11 of his 17 points in the second stanza.
VCU had five steals and forced 10 turnovers in the second half.
Bradford Burgess lead the Rams with 19 points on the evening, going 3-of-6 from long range. Burgess added five rebounds, all of which came in the first half.
Juvonte Reddic rounds out the list of double-digit scorers fro the black-and-gold with 15 points in the win. Reddic added six rebounds, an assist and one steal for the Rams.
The win moves VCU to 9-3 on the season and will next head to Akron, Ohio where Coach Smart was an assistant for three years under current Zips coach Keith Dambrot.
The Rams have gone 3-0 against the Zips since they were paired in the ESPN Bracketbusters matchup in 2008, last winning 70-53 in Coach Smarts first season as head coach at VCU.