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VCU tops North Florida 80-68 for 3rd straight win



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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Melvin Johnson scored 23 points, Korey Billbury added 22, and VCU beat North Florida 80-68 on Wednesday night to win its third straight.

Mo Alie-Cox had 19 points, JeQuan Lewis grabbed 10 rebounds and the Rams (8-5) scored 17 points off 10 North Florida turnovers.

North Florida entered the game leading the NCAA with 12.9 3-pointers per game, but was held to 7 of 19 by the Rams' defense.

VCU led 39-31 at halftime and pulled away on a 14-4 run in which Johnson scored two 3-pointers to lead 59-41 with 11:46 to play.

North Florida gained on a 9-2 run to pull within 73-64 with 3:35 left, but Billbury made back-to-back layups and VCU outscored the Ospreys 6-2 in the final 2:31.

Dallas Moore scored 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting, Chris Davenport added 13 and Demarcus Daniels 12 for North Florida (10-6).

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