No. 22 (AP) VCU Rolls to 90-63 Win Over DU
Jan. 19, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Rob Brandenberg scored 22 points and Treveon Graham added 20 as No. 22 (AP) VCU cruised to a 90-63 win over Duquesne at CONSOL Energy Center.
The Rams (16-3, 4-0) led by 26 at the half in extending their winning streak to 13 games. Duquesne (7-11, 0-4) turned it over 19 times in dropping its sixth in a row.
VCU led 13-12, before Graham hit three 3-pointers in just over two minutes to start a 26-2 run that made it 39-14 with just over three minutes left in the half.
Sean Johnson's jumper provided Duquesne's only points during an 11:18 stretch that saw the Dukes miss 13 of 14 shots and turn it over six times.
Mamadou Datt ended the run with a field goal with 2:40 left.
"They come at you in waves and take you out of your offense," said Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry. "You cannot simulate that in practice. It was 13-12 and Derrick Colter had probably 12. It wasn't like we were running good offense. It was Derrick making plays. Their pressure picked up and we didn't have the pieces to handle it."
Graham had 17 points - including four 3-pointers - in a half that ended with VCU up 44-18.
Duquesne had one assist and 10 turnovers in the first half.
Brandenberg, who like Graham finished with five 3-pointers, hit a pair in the first two minutes of the second half to push the lead to 31.
VCU's largest lead was 35 with eight minutes left.
The Rams, who finished with 12 3-pointers, shot 50.0 percent. VCU's 42-29 rebounding advantage led to a 24-10 margin in second chance points. Duquesne, which shot 42.3 percent, finished with eight assists.
Duquesne returns to action against Saint Louis on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Palumbo Center.
The last time Duquesne opened Atlantic 10 play 0-4 was in 2009-10, when the Dukes started 0-4 on the way to a 7-9 A-10 finish ... DU's six-game losing streak is its longest since 2006-07 (last eight games of the season).
Freshman Derrick Colter extended his streak of double digit scoring games to 10.
The 27-point margin of defeat was Duquesne's largest in at home since an 85-54 loss (-31) to West Virginia on Dec. 9, 2006 at the Palumbo Center.