Virginia Commonwealth 81, Stony Brook 63

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Virginia Commonwealth scored 17 consecutive points at the start of the second half, fueled by five points each by sophomore guard Melvin Johnson and junior guard Treveon Graham, to pull away from Stony Brook for a 81-63 non-conference victory on Friday night in Richmond, Va.

Leading 36-35 at halftime, VCU (12-3) took control of the game with its 17-0 run in which Stony Brook (9-5) went scoreless in the second half until senior guard Dave Coley, who had a team-high 16 points along with sophomore guard Carson Puriefoy, made a layup with 13:14 left. At that point, VCU led 53-37.

Stony Brook, which entered with a three-game winning streak, trailed by as many as 22 points in the second half. The Seawolves went on a 10-0 run to cut their deficit to 68-56 with 4:18 remaining, but Graham responded with two 3-pointers to thwart the comeback attempt.

Graham scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the second half. Johnson contributed 10 of his 12 points after intermission. Graham also led the Rams with seven rebounds, but VCU was outrebounded 40-26.

VCU junior guard Briante Weber just missed a double-double with 14 points and nine assists.

The Rams shot 53.8 percent from the field in the second half, compared with 40.7 percent in the first half. Stony Brook was 52.1 percent from the floor in the first half and 33.3 percent in the second half.

VCU's defense, which forces an average of 20.4 turnovers per game, made Stony Brook turn the ball over 21 times. The Rams scored 28 points off the turnovers.

It was the first meeting between Stony Brook and VCU. Stony Brook, of the America East Conference, is now 1-6 against teams from the Atlantic 10.

VCU is 40-1 in its last 41 non-conference home games.

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