- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

RICHMOND — Freshman Terry Larrier scored 15 points and No. 14 VCU pulled away with a sizeable run early in the second half to beat George Washington 72-48 on Tuesday night for its 12th consecutive victory.

Larrier’s point total was his highest since conference play began for the Rams (17-3, 7-0 Atlantic 10), and it came on a night when VCU scoring leader Treveon Graham managed just seven points on a still-tender left ankle and struggling Melvin Johnson scored eight.

Kethan Savage scored 18 points to lead George Washington (16-5, 6-2 A10) and Joe McDonald added 11 points.

The Colonials went behind for good when VCU scored 12 of the last 14 points of the first half to lead 29-21 at the intermission. After George Washington used a 6-2 burst to get within 31-27 early in the second half, the Rams turned up their defensive pressure and turned the contest into a runaway.

The game was the Rams’ first at home in 17 days, and once their pressure started getting to the Colonials, leading to fast break baskets and a fast-growing lead, the outcome was quickly determined.

The Colonials’ inability to make shots from close range also was a huge factor. They made just one field goal in the final 10:50 of the first half, and were 2-for-21 until the game’s final minutes.

VCU, meantime, pulled ahead getting points from almost everybody.

Mo Alie-Cox, who finished with 10 points and eight rebounds, scored the Rams’ first basket after halftime, and after two free throws by Savage, Graham, Justin Tillman, Larrier, JeQuan Lewis, Briante Weber and Johnson also contributed as the 16-2 run whipped the crowd into a frenzy.

The game was a back-and-forth affair until late in the first half.

Trailing 19-17, the Rams tied it on a layup by Lewis, sparking a 12-2 run to end the half. Six of the points came from Larrier, and the last four from Alie-Cox on an inside basket and two free throws.

The Colonials managed just five points after Yuta Watanabe’s layup with 10:51 left in the half.

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