VCU 101, UNC-Greensboro 86

Brandon Rozell scored 23 points and four others reached double

figures as Virginia Commonwealth defeated UNC Greensboro 101-86 on

Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

Joey Rodriguez added 22 points and a school-record 17 assists

for the Rams. Jamie Skeen had 22 points for his 16th straight game

in double figures, Bradford Burgess added 14 points and Toby Veal

had 11 for the Rams.

The Rams led 55-44 at halftime and the lead never dipped below

nine points in the second half. Holding an 88-79 lead with 3:39 to

play in the game, the Rams scored nine points in a row to put the

game out of reach at 97-79 with 1:12 remaining.

Brandon Evans scored a career-high 26 points to lead the

Spartans, who are 5-15 in season openers since becoming a Division

I program for the 1991-92 season. Korey Van Dussen added 18 points

for the Spartans.