VCU 70, Akron 53

Larry Sanders scored 15 points and Brandon Rozzell added 13 as

Virginia Commonwealth topped Akron 70-53 on Saturday.

The Rams (19-7) stretched their regular season non-conference

home winning streak to 16 games, and are 14-1 this season at home.

Akron (20-8) had its five-game win streak snapped, failing to match

their season best six-game winning streak.

Virginia Commonwealth had a 12-2 spurt midway through the first

half to take a 28-15 lead with 5:22 left. Sanders had five points

during the run, and finished the half with 11 points, six rebounds

and two blocks.

The Rams led at halftime 34-22.

The Zips closed to 43-39 with 14:01 left on Steve McNees’

3-pointer, but the Rams ran off a 13-5 spree which gave them a

56-44 lead with 7:44 left. Akron got no closer than 10 the rest of

the way.

McNees and Anthony Hitchens led the Zips with nine points

each.