VCU (21-7, 9-4 Atlantic 10) led 34-32 at halftime but broke the game open with an early 19-3 run. Rob Brandenberg played a big role in that. He scored 16 points, hitting all four of his 3-pointers, all in the second half. Melvin Johnson added 14 points.
During the back-breaking run, Brandenberg, Johnson and JeQuan Lewis knocked down 3s.
Brandenberg's second 3 at 12:53 made it 60-40 and his fourth trey made it 73-48 with 8:37 to play.
VCU connected on 10 of 21 3s for 47.6 percent. They were just 19 of 48 inside the arc. They also built a 56-32 rebounding margin, 24 on the offensive end.