N.C.-Wilmington 59, Va. Commonwealth 88

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)—Joey Rodriguez scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half and Virginia Commonwealth defeated North Carolina-Wilmington 88-59 on Monday night.

The Rams (9-5, 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association) hit 7 of their first 9 shots to take a 16-4 lead with 15:22 left in the first.

In the first half, Virginia Commonwealth was 17 of 29 from the floor with 14 assists, including eight by Eric Maynor, and led 49-25 at the break. Maynor finished the game with a season-high 12 assists.

The Rams’ dominance continued in the second half as they led by as many as 32. The Seahawks would bring the deficit no closer than 20 points.

Larry Sanders had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Rams, and Maynor added 16 points.

UNC-Wilmington, which extended its school-record losing streak to nine games, was led by Kevon Moore with 17 points.

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