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VCU (2-0) narrowly escaped a tough early season challenge from North Texas, 59-56.
Back-to-back three-pointers from the Mean Green put the Rams on the receiving end of a 19-11 deficit at the midpoint of the first half. 
But, a three pointer from Malik Crowfield would signal the beginning of the North Texas introduction to Havoc.
VCU closed the final 9:22 of the first half on a 20-2 run.
Over the same time period, VCU’s suffocating defense forced North Texas into 9 turnovers.
The Mean Green would end the night with 18 turnovers; leading to 20 points for the Rams.
Crowfield ended the evening with 6 points—both from beyond the three-point line.
North Texas wasn’t done yet, and would fight back in the second half to take the 1 point, 48-47, lead with just over 5 minutes to play in the game.
A pair of free throws from De’Riante Jenkins would pull the Rams back on top 49-48 with 5:06 remaining.
Hometown guard, Mike’l Simms, then put in back-to-back three’s for the Rams; effectively...
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