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VCU 69, Old Dominion 48

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VCU seized control of a close game by outscoring Old Dominion 29-7 over the final 12:22 and cruised to a 69-48 victory Sunday at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va.

The Monarchs hung tough throughout the opening 30 minutes and actually took a brief second-half lead on an Aaron Bacote 3-pointer with 12:53 remaining. But that is about when the Rams' high-pressure style began exacting its toll. The Monarchs did not make another field goal until forward Richard Ross' layup with 5:29 left.

The Rams, meanwhile, regained the lead on a short jumper from freshman guard JeQuan Lewis that started a 13-0 VCU run that put Old Dominion away.

Forward Juvonte Reddic had 24 points on 12-of-16 shooting and 12 rebounds to lead the Rams (8-2) to their fourth straight victory. The Rams pounded the undersized Monarchs on the boards, with 27 of their 50 rebounds coming on the offensive glass. VCU scored 30 second-chance points.

Bacote and guard Keenan Palmore each scored 13 points for Old Dominion, which has dropped four in a row after a 4-1 start.

Palmore scored eight points as the Monarchs shot out to a 16-8 lead before Rams guard Treveon Graham and Reddic fueled a 20-4 VCU run. A 3-pointer by guard Rob Brandenburg with 9:54 left gave VCU its first lead at 21-18, and a Graham triple capped the spurt and extended the Rams' lead to 28-20.

The Monarchs answered by scoring eight of the next 10 points to get to within three, and ODU managed to keep it a one-possession game with the Rams ahead 34-31 at halftime.

Graham scored 13 first-half points and hit all three of his 3-pointers before the break while Reddic added 12 for the Rams. The duo combined to score VCU's first 18 points.

Palmore's eight points paced the Monarchs, who found success attacking VCU's pressure defense and scored 24 of their 31 points in the paint.

Notes: The game was played before the 40th consecutive sellout crowd at the Siegel Center, the fifth-longest active streak in Division I. ... The Rams improved to 13-2 against in-state opponents since the start of the 2011-12 season, a streak that includes four straight victories over Old Dominion. ... The Monarchs did not attempt a free throw until the 7:31 mark of the first half when F Richard Ross missed both attempts. Old Dominion finished the game three of seven from the line. ... The game was Old Dominion's first true road game after six home contests and two neutral-site affairs at the Cancun Challenge.
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