VCU beats Towson 78-71

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TOWSON, Md. (AP)—Eric Maynor had 27 points and nine assists, Larry Sanders added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Virginia Commonwealth defeated Towson 78-71 on Wednesday night.

Kirill Pishchalnikov scored 12 points for the Rams (12-5, 5-1 Colonial Athletic Association), who have won four straight games. VCU improved to 15-1 all-time against the Tigers.

Josh Thornton tallied 20 points and Junior Hairston added 18 points and 10 rebounds for Towson (7-11, 2-4), which has dropped three straight. Jarrel Smith scored 13 points.

Lance Kearse’s turnaround jumper ignited a 10-0 run that erased an early 15-13 Towson lead. Maynor added two free throws, Sanders scored on a bank shot and a follow on his own miss, and Bradford Burgess converted a transition layup for a 23-15 VCU lead with 9:16 remaining in the first half.

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