Maynor, VCU Turn Up Heat On South Dakota State, 72-56

<span style="font-size: small; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">RICHMOND, Va. – Senior Eric Maynor (Raeford, N.C.) pumped in 17 of his game-high 29 points in the second half to power Virginia Commonwealth University past South Dakota State, 72-56, Wednesday at the Alltel Pavilion.</span>

<span style="font-size: small; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">The Rams (2-0), playing their second of two regional Cancun Challenge games, led by just seven, at 52-45 with 8:47 remaining before Maynor took over. With eight points, Maynor fueled a decisive 19-5 run over the next four minutes to push VCU to a 71-49 lead with 4:20 showing on the clock. </span>

<span style="font-size: small; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Maynor connected on 11-of-19 field goals and narrowly missed his career-high for points. The 6-3 senior scored 30 points at Bradley Dec. 22, 2007.</span>

<span style="font-size: small; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Sophomore Larry Sanders (Fort Pierce, Fla.) scored nine points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked seven shots for the Rams, while junior Kirill Pishchalnikov (Maykop, Russia) added six points and a career-high 10 rebounds. </span>

<span style="font-size: small; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Garrett Callahan scored 21 points to lead the Jackrabbits (1-2). Teammate Clint Sargent knocked down 5-of-9 3-pointers on the way to 20 points. SDSU hit 9-of-20 treys in the game but was just 8-of-35 from everywhere else. </span>

<span style="font-size: small; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">VCU returns to the floor on Saturday, Nov. 22 when it heads to Kingston, R.I. to meet the University of Rhode Island at 7 p.m. at the Ryan Center.</span>
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