Newark, DE (WWBT)- After snapping a two game skid with a 20 point win over James Madison on Thursday, the VCU men's basketball team hit the road for another CAA test on Saturday afternoon.
Bradford Burgess scored 18 points and the Rams never trailed as they topped Delaware in Newark, 68-55. Both teams had trouble finding the hoop in the early going, but it was VCU who did most of the scoring to open up an early gap. The Rams held Delaware scoreless for the first nine minutes of the opening frame and jumped out to an 8-0 lead. The Blue Hens would go on a run to trim the score to 11-10, but Shaka Smart's club responded and opened up the lead, taking a 30-23 advantage into the locker room at halftime. In the second half, Delaware would once again close in, pulling to within four at the 15:50 mark, but again the defense responded, allowing the Rams to open up the lead to as many as 17 en route to the victory.
In addition to Burgess' 18 points, the senior added seven rebounds in 35 minutes of work. Juvonte Reddic added eleven points to mark the only other VCU player in double figures, and also pulled down nine boards. As a team, the Rams only committed six turnovers on the afternoon, and once again won the rebounding battle, 46-44, marking the tenth time in 12 games they've held the advantage on the boards.
VCU is back in action on Thursday when the Rams welcome William and Mary to the Siegel Center. Tip-off is set for 8:00 pm.