VCU got revenge for its 2011 Final Four loss and was dominant defensively during an 84-52 victory over No. 20 Butler on Saturday at a rocking, again sold-out Siegel Center.
The Rams (23-6, 11-3 Atlantic 10) forced 20 turnovers, 14 in the first half, and built a 45-21 lead at intermission.
The Bulldogs (22-7, 9-5) scored the first seven points of the second half, but the Rams scored the next five and cruised thereafter.
Troy Daniels scored 20 points to lead VCU. Juvonte Reddic, Treveon Graham and Briante Weber each added 11, while Darius Theus of Portsmouth had eight points, nine assists, five steals and two blocks.
Roosevelt Jones had 14 points and Khyle Marshall 13 for Butler, which shot 9 of 20 from the free-throw line.
This was the first game between the schools as Atlantic-10 rivals, and could be the last if the Bulldogs depart for the Big East as rumored.
ODU 81, Northeastern 74
Old Dominion said goodbye to the Colonial Athletic Association with an unexpected, emphatic bang.
Rolling to a 25-point lead with 11:30 remaining, the last-place Monarchs finished their season by dumping the CAA regular-season champs on their Senior Day in Boston.
ODU (5-25, 3-15 CAA) punished the Huskies inside, scoring 56 points in the lane. The Monarchs were 19-of-30 from the field in the first half, then started the second half 7-of-9.
Richard Ross paced the Monarchs with 17 points and nine rebounds, while DeShawn Painter and Donte Hill added 15 points apiece. Keenan Palmore and former Heritage and Kecoughtan player Dimitri Batten each had 13 points.
Jonathan Lee scored 26 and Joel Smith 19 for Northeastern (19-11, 14-4).
Norfolk State 62, Bethune-Cookman 61
Norfolk State (19-10, 14-0) barely stayed unbeaten in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, edging the Wildcats at Echols Hall.
Rashid Gaston had 10 points and 11 rebounds for NSU, and the Spartans’ Jamel Fuentes hit a layup for a 61-59 lead with 44 seconds left.
Jerrelle Benimon had 14 points and 13 rebounds as Towson (18-13, 13-5 CAA) edged visiting Hofstra 67-64 to establish the largest turnaround in NCAA history, 17.5 games, after going 1-31 a year ago.
The Tigers are ineligible for the CAA tournament because of academic concerns. The Pride will be seeded seventh, the worst among the eligible squads. ...
Devon Saddler had 22 points and Jarvis Threatt scored 20 as host Delaware won 82-77 over George Mason in a CAA regular-season finale. Because James Madison won, the loss dropped the Patriots to the fourth seed. ...
Drexel beat UNC Wilmington 62-46 as Daryl McCoy had 17 rebounds and 13 points for the host Dragons, who are seeded fifth in the CAA tournament and will face George Mason.
Keith Rendleman finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Seahawks (10-20, 5-13), who are ineligible for the tournament because of academic issues.
More men's Division I
Kevin Dillard scored 21 as host Dayton edged Richmond 78-74 despite Cedrick Lindsay’s 22 points and seven assists for the Spiders (17-12, 7-7 Atlantic 10). ...
Neil Watson netted 26 points as Southern Mississippi (22-7, 11-3 Conference USA) beat East Carolina 88-69 in Hattiesburg.
Maurice Kemp had 23 points and eight rebounds for the Pirates (16-11, 7-7). ...
Davon Marshall scored 18 as Liberty won 73-56 at Radford in a Big South regular-season finale.
Byron Westmorland had 38 points as Bowie State captured the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament championship in Charlotte, N.C., beating Livingstone 85-74.
The Bulldogs, just 15-13, got an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II tournament while entertaining the masses at one of the biggest annual social events.
Livingstone fell to 22-5 despite Mark Thomas' 34 points.
Division III men
Tre Ford scored 20 points and DJ Woodmore 15 as Virginia Wesleyan beat visiting Delaware Valley 76-61 to advance to a second-round matchup against Christopher Newport. ...
Lamar Giggetts had 19 points as Randolph-Macon beat Stevens Tech 69-60 in the Bronx, N.Y. Andre Simon of Newport News added nine points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Yellow Jackets (20-9). ...
Cabrini ousted 16th-ranked Hampden-Sydney 80-78 despite Harrison George’s 25 points. Greg Lewis’ 3-point try to win missed for the host Tigers. ...
Jake Davis scored 25 as Emory spoiled Randolph’s first appearance in the NCAA tournament, winning 77-56 in Atlanta. Walsingham Academy graduate Corey Brown had six points, five assists and four rebounds for Randolph (21-7).
Aivah Parham had 21 points and Hampton High graduate Quineshia Leonard had 13 rebounds and 11 points as Norfolk State (6-19, 4-10 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) registered one of its best victories of the season, beating Bethune-Coookman 67-40 at Echols Hall. ...
Tanisha McTiller had 28 points as host Towson beat CAA rival William and Mary 79-63. Emily Correal had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Tribe (7-21, 5-12).
Janine Aldridge tied the Tribe's all-time steals mark, equaling Class of 2003 player Jen Sobota at 257. ...