RICHMOND, Va. -- Bradford Burgess scored 22 points and Virginia Commonwealth cruised to an 87-64 win over North Carolina-Wilmington in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams.
The Rams (7-3) won their fourth straight game and have allowed an average of 55 points during the streak. It was the ninth win in the past 10 games in the series for Virginia Commonwealth.
The Rams forced 28 turnovers and Darius Theus had seven of their 20 steals.
Keith Rendleman notched his third straight double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Seahawks (2-7), who had a two-game winning streak snapped. K.K. Simmons chipped in with 11 points for the Seahawks.
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The second annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, eight games between members of the Big East and Big Ten to be played Nov. 14-18, will feature Villanova at Purdue in the opener.
Michael Lewis is leaving his assistant coaching job at Butler to take the same position at Nebraska under Tim Miles.
College basketball fans should be excited about next season's Jimmy V Classic, an event that will feature Duke's heralded freshman class.