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VCU 70, Akron 53

RICHMOND, Va. -- Larry Sanders scored 15 points and Brandon Rozzell added 13 as Virginia Commonwealth topped Akron 70-53 on Saturday.

The Rams (19-7) stretched their regular season non-conference home winning streak to 16 games, and are 14-1 this season at home. Akron (20-8) had its five-game win streak snapped, failing to match their season best six-game winning streak.

Virginia Commonwealth had a 12-2 spurt midway through the first half to take a 28-15 lead with 5:22 left. Sanders had five points during the run, and finished the half with 11 points, six rebounds and two blocks.

The Rams led at halftime 34-22.

The Zips closed to 43-39 with 14:01 left on Steve McNees' 3-pointer, but the Rams ran off a 13-5 spree which gave them a 56-44 lead with 7:44 left. Akron got no closer than 10 the rest of the way.

McNees and Anthony Hitchens led the Zips with nine points each.