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Graham leads VCU's rout of Saint Louis

Feb 18, 2015 - 5:59 AM Richmond, VA ( - Treveon Graham scored 16 points and 25th- ranked VCU upended Saint Louis on Tuesday, 74-54.

Graham missed both games during VCU's two-game losing skid earlier this month with an ankle injury, but appears to be getting healthy at a crucial time.

"He's just a very savvy basketball player." VCU head coach Shaka Smart said of Graham. "Tonight was the best that he's moved since he sustained the injury."

Michael Gilmore added 10 points and Jonathan Williams had a game-high six assists for the Rams (20-6, 10-3 A-10).

Milik Yarbrough led the Billikens (10-16, 2-11) with a game-high 17 points in their fourth straight setback.

Saint Louis fell behind 10-2 five minutes into the game, and only Yarbrough scored for the Billikens in the first seven before Austin McBroom hit from deep. Austin Gillmann followed McBroom's 3 with one of his own, and SLU used a 10-0 run to climb in front.

But VCU distanced itself late in the first half behind a prolonged Saint Louis scoring drought that lasted just over 7 1/2 minutes.

The Rams trailed by three when a Melvin Johnson triple opened a 13-0 run. They also scored the last five points before halftime and led 34-22 at the break.

The lead reached 21 points as VCU rolled down the stretch.

Game Notes

VCU has won the last three meetings after dropping the previous three ... Saint Louis fell to 1-8 on the road this season ... VCU only turned the ball over eight times and scored 19 points off of 14 SLU turnovers.