Both teams got off to sluggish starts, but a big second-half surge propelled Virginia Commonwealth to a 69-50 victory over Boston College on Saturday night at the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The game was close throughout the first half as both teams struggled to mount a sustained run.
Virginia Commonwealth created a little separation when Brandenberg made back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Rams up 16-10 midway through the half, but Boston College came back to claim a 17-16 lead on a layup by junior forward Eddie Odio with 4:53 remaining.
The Rams started the second half with a 6-0 run and later staged a 14-1 run to go up 49-27 with 10:45 to play. The Eagles cut the deficit to 16 on a couple of occasions later in the half but couldn't get any closer.