ROCK HILL, S.C. – Senior forward Courtney Hurt (pictured) posted a double-double with a game high 28 points and 16 rebounds, pacing three VCU players in double figure scoring, and the Rams picked up their third straight road win following a 69-52 victory at Winthrop Sunday afternoon.
VCU (3-2) led by 13 at the break before building a 26-point lead with four minutes left in the game. All 12 VCU players dressed saw at least three minutes of action. The Rams, who remain undefeated on the road with a perfect 3-0 mark, forced 21 Winthrop turnovers, collected 12 blocks and limited the Eagles to just 30.9 percent shooting, including 5 of 24 from 3-point range.
Senior Andrea Barbour added 17 points and six rebounds, while sophomore Robyn Parks chipped in 15 points and six boards for VCU. Barbour and Parks each finished with a game-high three blocks and a pair of assists. It was Hurt's first double-double of the season after leading the nation with 25 a year ago.
Barbour scored 11 of VCU's first 13 points and the Rams jumped out to a 13-7 lead less than six minutes into the game. The Eagles, who cooled off after taking an early five-point advantage, continued to chip away and Dequesha McClanahan scored six straight during a two-minute stretch to tie it up with 11:47 left.
That was as close as Winthrop would get, however, as VCU took control the rest of the way. The Eagles pulled within 17-16 at the 9:35 mark but the Rams scored 19 of the final 26 points and Hurt gave VCU a 36-23 lead at the break after drilling a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with nine seconds showing.
Barbour and Hurt combined to score 24 points during the opening stanza as VCU shot 44.4 percent from the field, while holding Winthrop to just 28.6 percent shooting. The Rams also forced 11 first-half turnovers.
VCU pushed its lead to 44-26 after scoring eight of the first 11 points in the second half before Winthrop began to mount a comeback. The Eagles quickly cut the lead to 11 on a triple by McClanahan with 13:21 remaining and eventually pulled within nine following a 13-4 spurt.
Parks halted the Winthrop rally with a basket on ensuing possession and VCU used a 22-4 run, building its largest lead of the game on a pair of free throws by Hurt with four minutes to go. The Rams held the Eagles to just two field goals during the nearly eight-minute stretch.
After going up by 26 with four minutes to play, VCU began to clear its bench and saw Winthrop score the final nine points of the game.
VCU returns to the Verizon Wireless Arena on Dec. 1 when it hosts cross-town rival Richmond at 7 p.m. The Rams then open Colonial Athletic Association play when they entertain Northeastern on Dec. 4. VCU plays four of its next five games at home.