Doug Brooks scored 14 points and fueled a 13-6 run to end the first half, leading VCU to an 81-64 victory against Massachusetts on Saturday.
Brooks scored his first 10 points during the half-ended burst, which gave the Rams (13-3, 3-0 Atlantic 10) a 33-29 lead. Justin Tillmanadded 12 points and 10 rebounds and JeQuan Lewis scored all 17 of his points in the second half for VCU, which won its seventh in a row.
Rashaan Holloway scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds — both career highs — despite being saddled with foul trouble for the Minutemen (10-7, 0-3). C.J. Anderson added 12 points, but starters Donte Clark, Luwane Pipkins and DeJon Jarreau were a combined 3 for 22 from the field as the Minutemen shot 39.6 percent (21-53).
Holloway, who had his first-career double-double in Wednesday’s loss to George Mason, scored the first eight points for UMass in the second half, pulling them within 38-37, but five Rams scored in a 12-2 run to make it 50-39.