Umass 22 33 55
Richmond 27 31 58
Date of game: 1/22/2014

Recap: Richmond vs. Massachusetts

Richmond, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kendall Anthony's 21 points led the way as Richmond upended No. 13 Massachusetts, 58-55, in a key Atlantic 10 clash at the Robins Center.

Anthony buried 4-of-6 attempts from 3-point range to carry the Spiders, while Cedrick Lindsay added 11 points to help Richmond (13-6, 3-1 A-10) deal the Minutemen their first conference loss of the season.

Sampson Carter netted 15 points and Cady Lalanne had 10 along with 13 rebounds for Massachusetts (16-2, 3-1), but the Minutemen struggled offensively en route to having a six-game win streak snapped.

UMass went an off-target 2-for-14 from beyond the arc, while top scorer Chaz Williams managed only eight points on a 2-of-11 shooting rate.

The Minutemen overcame a slow start to forge a 40-40 tie just past the midway mark of the second half, but Richmond countered with a 10-2 run to regain control.

Lindsay ignited the spurt with back-to-back layups and Derrick Williams knocked down a key 3-pointer before Alonzo Nelson-Ododa was fouled while converting inside. The Spiders' center sank the ensuing bonus attempt to send Richmond ahead by a 50-42 count with 6:08 to play.

A deep contested three by Anthony staked the Spiders to a 55-48 advantage with 3:45 left. However, UMass -- which trailed in the second half in each of its three previous league wins -- appeared poised for another late rally after cutting into the deficit down the stretch.

Carter drained a trey to kick-start a 7-1 flurry that culminated in Trey Davis' runner which brought the Minutemen within 56-55 with 11.1 seconds to go. Lindsay made two critical free throws on the ensuing possession, though, and Williams' 3-point try that would have forced overtime was too strong as time ran out.

Anthony was the difference-maker during a first half in which Richmond never trailed. The junior guard dropped in 13 points in the opening stanza, including every one during an 8-0 run he capped with a long-range three that put the Spiders up 26-17 with just under four minutes to play.

Richmond failed to make a basket over the remainder of the period, though, enabling the Minutemen to close within 27-22 at the break despite shooting just 27.6 percent (8-of-29) for the initial 20 minutes.

UMass then put together an 8-2 surge to begin the second half, with Raphiael Putney's dunk off a Richmond turnover giving the Minutemen their first lead of the night at 30-29.

The Spiders later scored six straight points to reclaim the upper hand at 38-32, but UMass answered with a 6-0 stretch of its own to knot the score with 10:38 remaining.

Game Notes

The Spiders have now won five of their last six games against ranked teams at the Robins Center, with last season's 84-72 triumph over No. 16 VCU the most recent one prior to Wednesday's result ... Richmond last beat a top-15 team with a 65-54 decision over No. 8 Purdue in the Chicago Invitational Challenge on Nov. 27, 2010, and hadn't downed a top-15 opponent at home since besting No. 14 Georgia Tech on Dec. 1, 1990 ... Carter and Lalanne combined to go 11- of-14 from the field for UMass ... Williams finished with seven assists.

NASCAR News
Smith replaces Larson for Martinsville race

Regan Smith substituted for Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway after Larson was sidelined due to additional medical tests following his fainting spell on Saturday.

Extra Points: Snyder and the Beltway radio wars

If contradiction was an Olympic sport, Chip Kelly would certainly be medal-worthy judging by his performance at the NFL's owners meeting but the Eagles coach might have to settle for silver because Daniel Snyder's critics will take the gold every time.

2015 PREVIEW NL EAST: It's the Nationals and everybody else

There isn't much after that. The Miami Marlins are loaded up for a playoff push -- likely through a wild card spot -- and the New York Mets are up-and- coming but still raw. The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, former powerhouses of the division, are going through rebuilds and won't contend anytime soon.

Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.