This time VCU built on its halftime lead.
Justin Tillman scored a season-high 17 points to help VCU beat LSU 85-74 on Friday in the fifth-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis, a win coming two days after the Rams blew a halftime lead in the opening-round loss to No. 20 Baylor.
JeQuan Lewis scored 19 for the Rams (5-1), who shot 58 percent after halftime. VCU pushed a 40-33 halftime lead into a double-digit lead about 5 minutes into the second half and maintained a comfortable margin the rest of the way.
"I think we got off to a better start the second half," VCU coach Will Wade said. "By the first media (timeout) we'd expanded the lead by just a point but we hadn't given any ground like we had in the Baylor game."
In that one, the Rams led 36-28 before losing 71-63.
"We reminded them of that at half," Wade said.
Tillman, a 6-foot-7 junior, had missed two straight games due to a left foot injury before coming to the Bahamas. He saw limited work against Baylor, but had 13 rebounds in Thursday's win against St. John's and followed that with a strong scoring day.
He finished 8 of 9 from the floor while also pulling down eight rebounds.