By Harry Allison
Justin Tillman had 16 points and nine rebounds to lead five VCU players in double figures in a 90-52 victory over visiting La Salle yesterday.
VCU held La Salle to 15 made field goals and forced 16 turnovers.
VCU went on a 19-0 first-half run — with 11 points from JeQuan Lewis — for a 38-14 lead and the Rams led 42-16 at halftime after shooting 51.5 percent. Lewis made 5 of 6 shots and had 13 of his 15 points in the first half.
Samir Doughty added 15 points for VCU (15-5, 5-2 Atlantic 10). Ahmed Hamdy-Mohamed had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Jordan Burgess scored 10. Tillman was 7 of 10 from the field as the Rams shot 56.5 percent.
Jordan Price and Saul Phiri each scored 11 points for La Salle (11-6, 5-2) and Pookie Powell added 10. It was a season-high for the freshman Phiri but the Explorers were just 15-of-53 shooting (28.3 percent).