RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Freshman Terry Larrier scored 15 points and No. 14 VCU pulled away with a 16-2 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 continued to do so, scoring eight on 4 of 10 shooting.
Kethan Savage scored 18 to lead George Washington (16-5, 6-2) and Joe McDonald had 11.
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.
No. 17 West Virginia 65, Kansas State 59
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Tarik Phillip matched a career-high 12 points and West Virginia, relying on its high-pressure defense, shut down Kansas State for a victory.
In a game marred by fouls and poor play, the Mountaineers (17-3, 5-2 Big 12) forced the Wildcats (12-9, 5-3) into 25 turnovers while holding them to 36 percent shooting from the field.
West Virginia’s leading scorer, Juwan Staten, had just 11 points while dealing with foul trouble all night. Second-leading scorer Devin Williams had eight points and nine rebounds.
The Wildcats played most of the way without Nino Williams, who had been averaging 21 points his last two games. The senior forward appeared to be dealing with a left knee injury, spending time on a stationary bike and then wrapping it in ice during the second half.
No. 21 Georgetown 53
WASHINGTON (AP) — Myles Davis scored 19 points in his third start of the season, and Xavier held Georgetown without a field goal for more than 11 minutes in the first half in a victory that completed a sweep of the Hoyas.
Davis went 6 for 9 from the field, including back-to-back 3-pointers to cap an 18-4 run in which the Musketeers totally shut down Georgetown’s motion offense. Aaron Bowen made a layup with 11:17 remaining in the first half, and the Hoyas didn’t make another field goal until Isaac Copeland’s mid-range buzzer-beater made the score 29-16 at halftime.
Georgetown got as close as seven late in the second half, but the Hoyas went cold again — going more than three minutes without a field goal — as Xavier (14-7, 5-4 Big East) closed with a 12-6 run to snap a five-game road losing streak.