Despite some first-half turnovers, Georgetown had handled VCU’s pressure well Sunday until back-to-back takeaways and scores bookended an 8-0 spurt that nudged the Rams out to a 48-41 lead with 14 minutes to play.
Georgetown came back, and took a 67-60 lead with 4:20 remaining on a pair of free throws by Starks.
The Hoyas lost some of their quickness when Jabril Trawick went to the bench with his fifth foul on the next trip down the floor. But they kept attacking inside and got a layup from Nate Lubick that made it 69-63.
VCU got to 81-78 on a layup by Weber Graham with 14.1 seconds to play, and again at 83-80 with 1.8 left, but the Hoyas were able to close it out at the line.
In fast-paced opening 20 minutes that featured five lead changes VCU took a one-point lead into the locker room at halftime, thanks to a lopsided advantage at the free throw line.
The Rams went 14 for 19 from the foul line. The Hoyas got there just three times, going 2 for 3.
Georgetown controlled the pace early, sprinting out to an 8-0 advantage, but it didn’t last.
VCU began to get some turnovers off its pressure, forcing 14 for the half that led to 15 points on the offensive end.
The Rams took their largest lead of the half at 26-20.
VCU coach Shaka Smart said he expected his team to make a lot of revisions going forward.
“One thing we learned down here in PR is we have to get better,” VCU coach Shaka Smart said. “We already knew that, but now we’ve been smacked across the face with it.”