RICHMOND, Va. -- Bradford Burgess hit a 3-pointer with 48.5 seconds left, breaking a 74-all tie, to lift Virginia Commonwealth to a 77-76 win over Richmond on Saturday.
Following Burgess' shot, Kevin Smith's layup pulled Richmond (5-4) within one point. The Spiders forced a five-second violation on the Rams as Virginia Commonwealth tried to inbound the ball, but David Gonzalvez missed a shot from the top of the key. The Rams' Larry Sanders grabbed the rebound but missed two free throws with 4.5 seconds left, allowing Virginia Commonwealth to escape with the win.Eric Maynor led the Rams with 23 points, seven assists and four steals, while Burgess scored 12 and Nixon added 11. The Rams scored 16 points off of 10 Spider turnovers in the second half.Gonzalves led the Spiders with 19 points, Kevin Anderson added 16 and Giddings and Justin Harper had 12.