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. Rodriguez finished with 15 points for VCU (21-8), and he handed out 11 assists as well. Bradford Burgess netted 17 points for the Rams, who received 11 points and 12 rebounds from Jamie Skeen. Brandon Rozzell was the teams fourth and final double-digit scorer with 10 points in the triumph.NASHVILLE -- Randy Moss says hes enjoying his time with the Tennessee Titans about two weeks into his tenure with his third team this season. Moss spoke Friday after practice, a day after declining to talk to reporters. He said the Titans already had a great personality before he showed up of being loose and having fun while knowing when its time to work and win games. "I think these guys really understand that in this locker-room," Moss said. "I think its good to have fun, because if you dont have fun, this game wont last long to you. Ive been able to survive 13 years with having fun, cutting up, making guys laugh and them making me laugh. So it goes hand in hand." The Titans claimed Moss off waivers Nov. 3, and he made his debut last week in a 29-17 loss to Miami where he caught one of four passes thrown to him. He will play his first game on home turf Sunday against the Washington Redskins (4-5) with Tennessee (5-4) trying to snap a two-game skid. Moss indicated he is getting more comfortable with the Tennessee offensive scheme, but still makes occasional mistakes. The Titans need Moss up to speed quickly because they have lost a starter for the next couple of weeks with tight end Craig Stevens having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday. "Hopefully ... Im feeling comfortable here and trying to learn the offence, knowing where to lineup. I still have a little problem here and there," Moss said. "But like I said, I just want to go out and help this team win. And we need this win bad. Hopefully we can get it. Like I said, we had a good week of work, and hopefully, itll pay off.&" Moss will be playing with a second starting quarterback in as many games with Tennessee. Chauncey Billups Nuggets Jersey
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