Virginia Commonwealth got a measure of revenge for its 2011 Final Four loss and was dominant on the defensive end in an 84-52 victory over visiting Butler on Saturday.
The Rams (23-6, 11-3 Atlantic 10) forced 20 turnovers, 14 of which came in the first half on their way to building a 45-21 lead at intermission.
The Bulldogs (22-7, 9-5) scored the first seven points of the second half, but the Rams scored the next five and cruised thereafter.
Troy Daniels scored 20 points to lead VCU. Juvonte Reddic, Treveon Graham and Briante Weber each added 11, while Darius Theus had eight points, nine assists, five steals and two blocked shots.
Roosevelt Jones had 14 and Khyle Marshall 13 for Butler, which hurt itself by shooting 3 of 14 from the field and 9 of 20 from the free-throw line.
This was the first game between the schools as Atlantic-10 rivals, and could be the last if the Bulldogs depart for the Big East as rumored. Butler knocked off VCU 70-62 in the 2011 Final Four.