Bradford Burgess scored 24 points, and Virginia Commonwealth weathered a second-half comeback bid by George Washington in a 75-60 victory Sunday in the BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center.
The Rams (5-3) let a 19-point lead dwindle to 62-56 with five minutes left before Darius Theus made a 3-pointer and a three-point play to put VCU up 68-58 with 3:56 to go.
Rob Brandenberg had 12 points, and Theus and Briante Weber added 10 apiece for VCU, which made nine of its season-high 12 3-pointers in the first half.
It was the fourth win in five games for the Rams, who reached the Final Four last season.
Nemanja Mikic led George Washington (4-3) with 15 points and Tony Taylor had 14. The Colonials outscored VCU 34-32 after halftime, but that wasn't enough to make up for a first half in which they missed 16 of 27 shots and committed 10 turnovers.