Freshman Melvin Johnson scored a career-high 18 points, 13 in the second half, as
The Rams (20-5, 8-2) took over first place in the
UMass led 42-37 after an up-and-down first half but came unglued after intermission against the Rams' "Havoc" pressure defense. VCU outscored UMass 37-11 to begin the second half.
The Rams' Treveon Graham led all scorers with 19 points.
Raphiael Putney led the Minutemen (16-7, 6-4) with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Freddie Riley finished with 12 points.
Vertrail Vaughns scored 14 points, leading four Patriots in double figures, as George Mason beat Drexel in
Erik Copes added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Patriots (15-10, 8-5 CAA), followed by Sherrod Wright and Corey Edwards with 11 and 10 points, respectively, as they won for the third time in the last four outings and avenged a home loss to Drexel in which they play a big second-half lead.
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