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Lewis, Williams lead VCU past Richmond, 84-73

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) JeQuan Lewis scored 16 points and VCU used a 15-0 run spanning halftime to take command in an 84-73 victory against Richmond on Friday night.

Johnny Williams added 15 points for the Rams (22-5, 12-2 Atlantic 10), who won their eighth in a row and assured themselves at least a share of the league lead heading into next week. They started the night tied with Dayton at the top, and the Flyers are at home against Saint Bonaventure on Saturday.

ShawnDre' Jones scored 20 to lead Richmond (15-11, 9-5). T.J. Cline added 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

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The Spiders led 35-29 late in the first half then went six minutes without another point. The Rams took full advantage, scoring the last seven points of the first half and the first eight after the break to take a 44-35 lead. The Spiders got no closer than six the rest of the way.