Virginia Commonwealth reserve junior guard Treveon Graham's game-high 24 points propelled the Rams to 79-66 victory over former Colonial Athletic Association foes the Northeastern Huskies Friday in Richmond, Va.
VCU, which moved from the CAA to the Atlantic 10 last year, benefited from Graham's performance to outscore Northeastern 28-11 when factoring only bench players.
Senior forward Juvonte Reddic added 14 points and sophomore guard Melvin Johnson added 13 points for the Rams (5-2).
Northeastern, which upset Georgetown earlier this season, was led by sophomore guard David Walker's 19 points. Walker, however, made only 6-of-15 field-goal attempts. The Huskies (2-5) shot well overall (52.3 percent from the field) but their 16 turnovers enabled VCU to attempt 15 more field goals.
The Rams scored 17 points off those turnovers.
Graham made 9 of 12 attempts from the field, including all four of his three-point tries. He also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
VCU never trailed in the second half, although Northeastern was competitive and tied the game at 49 with 13:11 left in the game. The Rams went on a 15-6 in the next five minutes to take control of the game.