RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Melvin Johnson scored 14 of his 24 points during a 19-2 run spanning the halves Monday night and VCU beat Radford 92-74.
JeQuan Lewis broke a 30-all tie with a 3-pointer for the Rams (2-0) late in the first half, and Johnson scored eight of their next 10 points to finish off a half-ending, 13-2 run. When the second half started, he hit two quick 3-pointers, expanding the VCU lead to 49-32 and they cruised in their second game under coach Will Wade.
The Highlanders (1-1), who stunned Georgetown 82-80 in double-overtime in their opener, turned the ball over without getting off a shot on their first four possessions after halftime, and when Justin Cousin connected on a 3-pointer with 15:58 remaining, it ended a scoreless drought of more than 7 minutes and made the score 49-35.
They never got any closer until the final 2 minutes, and trailed by as many as 27.