Staff, wire reports
9:50 PM PST, December 15, 2012
VCU’s present team wreaked plenty of early “Havoc” on its previous coach’s current squad.
The Rams dominated Alabama 73-54 Saturday at Siegel Center, forcing 19 turnovers with Coach Shaka Smart’s “Havoc” defensive style and harassing Anthony Grant’s Crimson Tide into poor shooting and mistakes.
Troy Daniels hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points for VCU (7-3), which has won four straight.
Treveon Graham had 14 and Melvin Johnson added 12 off the VCU bench. VCU hit nine 3-pointers.
Devonta Pollard had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Tide (6-3), which incurred its third loss in a row.
VCU jumped to an 11-2 lead as Alabama missed its first eight shots and had nine turnovers in the first 10 minutes.
Johnson and Daniels hit 3-pointers during a 12-0 run that pushed the lead to 26-7with five minutes left in the first half. The lead grew to 25 with 10:51 left.
Derrick Williams’ 21 points and eight rebounds sparked host Richmond (9-2) past Stetson 76-57. The Spiders are off to their best 11-game start in 25 years. ...
Mike Phillips’ 19 points and eight rebounds guided Howard past Liberty 60-53.
CNU women 51, Mary Washington 40
Camry Green had 15 points and 11 rebounds as Christopher Newport (7-0) strengthened its bid for the Division III top 25, upending No. 25 Mary Washington, a future Capital Athletic Conference opponent, at Freeman Center.
Tia Perry added 12 points for CNU, which led 11-3 and never trailed.
The Captains shot just 34 percent but held the Eagles (6-3) to 26 percent shooting and forced them into 19 turnovers.
Lucy Mason scored 22 as host UNC Greensboro (2-6) overcame Norfolk State 71-63 in a matchup of Spartans, though Rachel Gordon had her second double-double of the season with 15 points and 16 rebounds for NSU (1-8).
NSU, which trailed almost all day, pulled even at 52 before a 13-7 run gave UNCG the lead to stay. ...
Bluefield rolled past Apprentice 84-52 at the Hill City Classic in Lynchburg despite freshman Kenya Wilkerson’s 14 points for the Builders (5-3).
Bluefield, ranked fifth in the National Christian College Athletic Association, shot 54 percent in the second half.
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