VCU downs Belmont 81-68 - NBC Sports

VCU downs Belmont 81-68
December 1, 2013, 7:40 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Juvonte Reddic scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Sunday and Virginia Commonwealth ended Belmont's nation-leading 23-game home win streak 81-68.

Melvin Johnson, who hit four 3-pointers, and Treveon Graham, each scored 16 points for the Rams (6-2). VCU had fallen from the AP Top 25 last Monday after two losses the previous week.

Blake Jenkins and J.J. Mann each scored 14 points for Belmont (7-2), which has received votes in the AP poll after earlier wins at then-No. 12 North Carolina and against Indiana State. Drew Windler scored 13 points for the Bruins, Caleb Chowbay, 12, and Evan Bradds added 10.

Johnson sank three 3-pointers during a 22-2 run that gave VCU a 66-52 advantage with 6:05 remaining. The Rams had hit three straight treys, the other by JeQuan Lewis (12 points), to retake the lead 53-50 after Belmont went ahead 46-44.

VCU overcame a 12-point deficit to go up 38-35 at halftime, taking its first lead on Graham's 3-pointer. Graham scored eight of his 12 first-half points during a 12-4 run before the half.

Belmont sophomore Craig Bradshaw never played after walking to the locker room to get checked out at 2:05 before halftime after a scary collision with Reddic. Both lay on the floor for a while and Bradshaw was held stationary by medical staff.

The Bruins got off to a quick 6-0 lead on 3-pointers by Windler and Bradshaw, then made it 9-2 on Windler's second trey. VCU went on a 6-0 run on Rob Bradenberg's 3 and Lewis' three-point play before Mann's 3-pointer put the Bruins 4-for-4 beyond the arc to start the game.

Jenkins scored six straight points and led a 14-3 spurt that pushed the advantage to 23-11 before VCU called a timeout and Graham scored his first basket over eight minutes into the game.

VCU, creating its patented "Havoc" with pressure, whittled the lead to 23-17 before Jenkins nailed a 3-pointer. The Rams fought back to a 31-31 tie after Graham was fouled behind the arc and hit all three free throws.

Mann, who hit the winning shot for Belmont against UNC, finished with four 3-pointers after two late in the comeback attempt. The senior also joined the 1,000-point club.

VCU, leading the nation in steals and forced turnovers per game, forced Belmont into 21 turnovers. Briante Weber, tops in the country in steals, had four of the Rams' 15 thefts.

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