Bradford Burgess and Rob Brandenberg scored 14 points each and Virginia Commonwealth won the battle for bragging rights in its home city, beating Richmond 73-51 Friday night.
The Rams (6-3) led most off the way, but put the game away with a 20-4 burst in the second half, capped by 13 consecutive points. They won their third in a row, having beaten South Florida of the Big East by 23 and then George Washington by 15 on the Colonials' home floor.
The Spiders (6-3), who last year ended a six-game losing streak against VCU with a blowout victory on their home floor, had no answer when the Rams cranked up their fullcourt defensive pressure with 10 minutes to go and made their push to the delight of a sellout crowd.
Cedric Lindsay led Richmond with a career-high 22 points, just five in the second half, and Kendall Anthony had 13.