Weber scores 16 to lead No. 14 VCU over Winthrop

Weber scores 16 to lead No. 14 VCU over Winthrop
November 16, 2013, 10:00 pm
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Virginia Commonwealth Rams guard Briante Weber (2) drives to the basket against Winthrop Eagles guard Andre Smith (11) during the second half at Stuart C. Siegel Center.

(Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Briante Weber scored 16 points and No. 14 Virginia Commonwealth pulled away in the second half to remain unbeaten with a 92-71 victory over visiting Winthrop on Saturday night.

The Rams are 3-0 for the first time since the 2010-2011 season, which ended with a trip to the Final Four. They led 58-52 when redshirt freshman Mo Alie-Cox hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Rob Brandenberg came up with a steal at one end and a layup at the other, and JeQuan Lewis followed with another layup to push the lead to 13.

The Eagles would come no closer than an eight-point deficit the rest of the way.

Weber was one of six VCU players in double figures. Treveon Graham finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds and Lewis, Brandenberg and Juvonte Reddic had 11 each. Alie-Cox finished with 10 points and six rebounds.

Andre Smith led Winthrop (2-1) with 15 points, 14 in the first half, and seven rebounds. James Bourne and Keon Johnson added 11 points each.

Winthrop shot 48 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3-point range, but VCU made up for it at the free throw line, where the Rams made 34 of 48, and on the boards, where they enjoyed a 43-27 advantage.

VCU opened its biggest lead of the first half at 28-24 on two Weber free throws with 7:42 remaining. Winthrop reeled off the next five points and stayed close the rest of the half, trailing 45-41 at the break.