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VCU has now fallen out of the Top 25 but still sports a respectable 16 – 5 record, and remain in a five-way tie for 2nd place in the Atlantic 10. The Rams will try to rebound in an Atlantic-10 game on Wednesday night at Rhode Island.  The Rams had run off 13 straight before falling a week ago to crosstown rival Richmond, then fell at home on Saturday to LaSalle University.

The University of Richmond, fresh off the big home win over VCU,  fell to UMass 70 – 65. UR is now 13 – 8 on the season with a date Wednesday in Philly at Temple University. The ” Battle Of The Bay “, basketball-style, went down Saturday night in Norfolk where the Spartans of Norfolk State defeated their arch rivals, the Pirates of Hampton University 74 – 67. NSU remains unbeaten at 7 – 0 in the MEAC standings.

In the CIAA, the Panthers of Virginia Union were the only 804 college team to emerge victorious over the weekend as they beat Lincoln University 60 – 57 Saturday night on the Northside. Meanwhile, Virgina State finally got the monkey off their backs in the Freedom Classic, but took another loss over the weekend at Elizabeth City, where the Panthers will visit on Wednesday. The Trojans remain on the road as well Wednesday evening with a trip to Bowie State in Maryland.

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