HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Bradford Burgess scored 22 points, Jamie Skeen had 17 and Virginia Commonwealth held off James Madison's late surge, winning 70-66 on Saturday.
The Rams (19-6, 11-2 Colonial Athletic Association), who have won 10 of their last 11 games, rebounded after being upset by Northeastern 91-80 on Feb. 2.James Madison would not go away after VCU built an eight-point advantage early in the second half. The Dukes tied the game at 64-64 with 1:58 left to play when Julius Wells knocked down two free throws.Skeen answered with two free throws and Joey Rodriguez followed with a jumper, putting the Rams ahead by four. James Madison's Devon Moore scored on a layup, but the Dukes (17-8, 7-6) did not come closer after Rodriguez's two free throws.Denzel Bowles led James Madison with 22 points and nine rebounds, shooting 10 of 16 from the floor. Moore had 13 points.