ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brandon Rozzell scored a career-high 27 points and Jamie Skeen hit a pair of crucial baskets in the final two minutes, helping VCU beat Saint Louis for the second time in three nights, wrapping up the best-of-three CBI championship with a 71-65 victory on Wednesday night.
Skeen added 16 points for the Rams (27-9), who compensated for an off-game by leading scorer Larry Sanders, in foul trouble much of the game and held to three points and four rebounds. Sanders had 20 points and 12 rebounds in a 68-56 victory Monday in Richmond, Va.
Willie Reed had 16 points, six rebounds and three blocks for Saint Louis (23-13). Freshman Corey Remekun added career-bests with 13 points and seven rebounds for the Billikens, who finished 18-4 at home.
Saint Louis was just 2 for 18 from 3-point range.
VCU outscored Saint Louis 9-2 to pull away from a 61-all tie with 3:04 remaining, with Remekun finally scoring for the Billikens with seven seconds left. Rozzell's previous best was 20 points against College of Charleston on March 22.
Saint Louis had appeared to seize control with 7:18 to go in the half on a five-point play — Sanders' second foul plus a technical that put the Billikens ahead 23-20. Saint Louis led 33-24 at the break.