The man of the match was freshman guard Bones Hyland who sank 5-of-6 three-pointers and ended up with a career-high 21 points.
Rhode Island's defense held the Rams to a measly 31% shooting percentage.
VCU defeated Fordham 64 to 46 with a stifling defence.
The bench was the difference as VCU outscored ODU 25-15 from the bench.
The Rams dominated the Eagles and have improved their record to five straight wins.