Johnson had four 3-pointers with three steals. Ahmed Hamdy Mohamed added 16 points and Korey Billbury chipped in 10 for VCU (9-5, 1-0), which has won five-straight games. Mo Alie-Cox had four steals and three blocks as the Rams forced 22 turnovers.
The Rams used a 15-2 run midway through the first half and built a 33-22 halftime lead. The Patriots opened the second half on a 9-4 spurt to pull to 37-31. VCU answered with a 17-5 run for a 54-36 lead midway through the second half and cruised from there. Ahmed Hamdy Mohamed scored nine points during the stretch.