RICHMOND, Va. -- Doug Brooks scored 14 points and fueled a 13-6 run to end the first half, leading VCU to an 81-64 victory against Massachusetts on Saturday.
Brooks scored his first 10 points during the half-ended burst, which gave the Rams (13-3, 3-0 Atlantic 10) a 33-29 lead. Justin Tillman added 12 points and 10 rebounds and JeQuan Lewis scored all 17 of his points in the second half for VCU, which won its seventh in a row.
Rashaan Holloway scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds -- both career highs -- despite being saddled with foul trouble for the Minutemen (10-7, 0-3). C.J. Anderson added 12 points, but starters Donte Clark, Luwane Pipkins and DeJon Jarreau were a combined 3 for 22 from the field as the Minutemen shot 39.6 percent (21-53).
Holloway, who had his first-career double-double in Wednesday's loss to George Mason, scored the first eight points for UMass in the second half, pulling them within 38-37, but five Rams scored in a 12-2 run to make it 50-39.
Tommy Hawkins, who was Notre Dame's first black All-American in basketball and went on to play 10 years in the NBA, died Wednesday at age 80.
A group of North Carolina officials spent nearly all day in a closed-door hearing to start a two-day session before an NCAA infractions committee panel in Nashville, Tennessee.
The new Dickies Arena in Fort Worth will host the American Athletic Conference's men's basketball tournament starting in March 2020, AAC commissioner Mike Aresco announced Wednesday.