RICHMOND, Va. -- Kevin Anderson scored 21 points to lead Richmond to its sixth win in seven games with a 72-60 victory over Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday night.
The Spiders (8-2) shot 17 for 32 from the field (53.1 percent) in the opening half and led 40-17 at the break. VCU was 6 for 23 from the floor (26.1 percent) in the first and didn't record its first field goal until the 11:15 mark on a layup from Bradford Burgess.
Richmond led 49-19 after a dunk from Frances Martel with 17:37 remaining in the game, but the Rams (6-3) outscored the Spiders 41-23 the rest of the way.
VCU shot 18 for 32 from the floor (56.3 percent) in the second half to narrow the gap, but a 10-for-17 shooting effort (58.8 percent) from the Spiders after halftime kept them in front for good.