VCU holds on to beat Lehigh 59-55

VCU holds on to beat Lehigh 59-55
January 5, 2013, 7:58 pm

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Treveon Graham scored 17 points and Virginia Commonwealth made key defensive stops late and beat Lehigh 59-55 Saturday night.

The Mountain Hawks lost C.J. McCollum, the nation's leading scorer, in the first half with a foot injury. McCollum was on crutches by game's end after scoring just four points, 21.7 below his average.

Troy Daniels and Rob Brandenburg added 11 points each for the Rams (12-3), who won their ninth straight despite shooting just 36.1 percent (22 of 61) and making 5 of 27 3-point tries. They turned 22 turnovers into 19 points.

Lehigh (9-4) got 17 points from Holden Greiner and 10 from Gabe Knutson.

The game was close throughout, but Juvonte Reddic and Graham each hit a pair of free throws to break a 46-46 tie.

Knutson's putback with 2:35 left made it 52-51, but Daniels made his third 3-pointer of the night and the Rams held on.