De’Riante Jenkins and Marcus Evans added 16 points each and Mike’L Simms had three blocks for VCU (9-2).
After falling behind 46-38 at the half, VCU outscored Charleston 38-25 in the second half to earn the 5-point victory. The Cougars‘ 46 points in the first half marked a season high for the team.
VCU faces Wichita State on the road on Saturday. Charleston matches up against South Carolina State at home on Saturday.