Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A sad day for Spiders

I feel as though I'd be doing my Richmond Spiders an injustice to let a who college basketball season go by without writing about them once.  UR finished 21-14 this year after falling to Miami, 63-61, in the NIT quarterfinals yesterday.

The Spiders earned a No. 1 seed in the NIT (I love how they announce the seeds now), but looked like a small conference team against a big conference team in crunch time of last night's defeat.

Richmond held the Hurricanes scoreless for an 8:05 stretch in the first half, building an early 13-2 lead at the Robins Center.  The Spiders' outstanding defense continued into the second half, and with 16:54 left in the game they actually doubled-up Miami, 36-18, after a Kendall Anthony (pictured) three-pointer.

Unfortunately Richmond couldn't buy a bucket down the stretch, failing to make a field goal for the final nine minutes of the game--until a meaningless layup with 17 seconds remaining and Miami already up 61-55.

Solid season, very painful ending.

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