Virginia Commonwealth beats BU, reaches CBI final

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Bradford Burgess scored 20 points and Virginia Commonwealth advanced to the championship series of the College Basketball Invitational by beating Boston University 88-75 on Wednesday night.

Larry Sanders added 18 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for the Rams (25-9), who took control with a 9-0 spurt to start the second half. They'll play the winner of Wednesday night's game between Princeton and Saint Louis in the best-of-3 championship round beginning Monday.

Joey Rodriguez had 19 points and five assists for Virginia Commonwealth (25-9), which has beaten eight 20-win teams this season.

Jake O'Brien scored 20 points to pace the Terriers (21-14), who led 43-42 at halftime. Tyler Morris and John Holland added 16 apiece.

BU missed its first six field-goal attempts in the second half as the Rams opened with a 21-8 run. They built a 15-point cushion and never trailed again.

Virginia Commonwealth's pressing defense forced 17 turnovers.