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Anderson scores 21 and 15-0 run lifts No. 7 past VCU 74-54; Rams first home loss in 23 games

  • Virginia head coach Tony Bennett disputes a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia Commonwealth in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Virginia head coach Tony Bennett disputes a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia Commonwealth in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)  (The Associated Press)

  • Virginia Commonwealth head coach Shaka Smart disputes a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia, in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Virginia Commonwealth head coach Shaka Smart disputes a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia, in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)  (The Associated Press)

  • Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon (15) defends as Virginia Commonwealth guard Melvin Johnson (32) goes up for a shot during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon (15) defends as Virginia Commonwealth guard Melvin Johnson (32) goes up for a shot during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)  (The Associated Press)

Justin Anderson scored 21 points, including a late 3-pointer in the middle of a clutch 15-0 run, and No. 7 Virginia ended VCU's 22-game home winning streak with a 74-57 victory Saturday.

Anderson showed no signs of the twisted right ankle that knocked him out of Virginia's victory at Maryland on Wednesday night. He hit 6 of 7 shots — including three 3-pointers — as he helped Virginia get to 9-0 for the first time since 2001-02.

Anthony Gill added 18 points and Malcolm Brogdon had 15 for the Cavaliers.

Treveon Graham scored 17 points to lead the Rams (5-3), including three consecutive 3-pointers from the left corner as they closed to within 59-55. That led to a timeout by Virginia with 6:51 remaining.

After the timeout, London Perrantes scored on a drive for Virginia, Evan Nolte hit a 3-pointer, Gill hit a pair of free throws and Anderson just beat the shot clock with his third 3-pointer.

The Cavaliers' lead was 74-55 before VCU scored again.