Richmond, VA (WWBT)- The VCU men's basketball team have been chewing on a buzzer beater loss to George Mason for the last eleven days, and Saturday saw the Rams finally get their chance to avenge that heart-breaking defeat.
Bradford Burgess scored a career-high 31 points on his Senior Night to lead the Rams to a 89-77 win over George Mason at the Siegel Center. VCU would jump out to a big first half lead right out of the gate, opening up a 34-19 lead thanks in large part to Troy Daniels' hot shooting. Daniels hits three three-pointers in the first 4:04 of the game and hit four in the first half, helping the Rams to a 43-27 lead at the break.
The second half saw VCU lead by as many as 23 points and hold off several George Mason comeback attempts. Burgess scored 18 of his game-high 31 in the second half, many of which came via the free throw. George Mason tallied two technical fouls in the frame, one by Ryan Pearson for arguing a call and one by Mike Morrison for hanging on the rim after a dunk.
Burgess led all scorers and was joined in double-figures by Juvonte Reddic, who posted 18 points and eleven rebounds to tally a double-double. Daniels finished the night with 17 points. Pearson led the Patriots with 24 points and nine boards.
VCU will be the second seed in next weekend's CAA Tournament and will face the winner of the Northeastern vs. William and Mary match-up on Saturday at 6:00.