Virginia Commonwealth forced 17 turnovers en route to a 68-61 win over Charlotte on Saturday in an Atlantic 10 game at the Dale F. Halton Arena in Charlotte, N.C.
Rob Brandeberg scored 21 points to lead the Rams (19-5, 7-2 Atlantic 10) in their first game against the 49ers since 1995.
VCU and Charlotte were meeting for the first time in Atlantic 10 play, but it is their third stint as conference rivals. The two schools were in the Sun Belt from 1979-1991, and in the Metro from 1991-1995.
Juvonte Reddic added 14 points, four rebounds and three blocks for the Rams, ending his streak of four consecutive double-doubles. Treveon Graham had 12 points, extending his double-figure scoring streak to 17 games.
Terrence Williams made five of six shots from the field and scored 13 points off the bench to lead Charlotte (17-6, 5-4). Willie Clayton added 12 points for the 49ers, who sustained their second loss in a row and their third in the past four games. Pierria Henry finished with eight points and 11 rebounds.
Both teams shot well from the field, with VCU making 51.9 percent of its shots and Charlotte 51.1 percent. However, the 49ers missed 10 of their 22 free throws, and they went 1-for-7 from 3-point range. The Rams hit seven of eight foul shots, and they finished 7-for-18 from beyond the arc.