by Matt Lincoln
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Rob Brandenberg stepped up once again for the Rams, and VCU avenged an earlier defeat against Georgia State by beating the Panthers 71-54 Wednesday night.
Georgia State, which defeated VCU 76-66 Jan. 3 in Atlanta, made only 6 of 26 shots from the field (23.1 percent) in the first half.
The Panthers, without starting point guard Devonta White (ankle injury), committed 24 turnovers - twice as many as VCU - against the Rams' pressing defense.
VCU (14-5, 6-1 Colonial Athletic Association) cruised to its 20th consecutive home victory, establishing a 35-18 halftime lead and building on it. Brandenberg's layup with 9:12 left to play gave the Rams a 60-36 lead, their biggest of the game. Brandenberg finished with 23 points, a career high.
Jamie Skeen added 15 points and seven rebounds for VCU. James Fields led Georgia State (8-9, 3-4) with 13 points and was its only player to score in double figures.