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Briante Weber scored 16 points for the Rams, as VCU dominated the Spiders in the opening 20 minutes.
Richmond led the Rams for the first 30 minutes, but VCU rallied late without either of its two point guards to beat Richmond 56-50 at the Robins Center.
Richmond led for the first 29 minutes, but VCU ended with a hard-fought 56-50 victory.
Superb defense and great defensive rebounding helped Richmond jump to a 26-22 halftime lead.
Excitement for the rivalry game between Richmond and VCU escalated throughout the week before culminating in Thursday’s overtime win for the Spiders.
After coming back from a 7-point deficit with under a minute to play, Richmond dominated in overtime to defeat 19th-ranked VCU, 86-74, in the Robins Center.
Turnovers and poor shooting plagued Richmond men’s basketball Friday night in its 73-51 loss at rival Virginia Commonwealth University.