Cedrick Lindsay and Terry Allen lead a cast of four Spiders in double-digits to out duel the A-10 leading scorer and the Fordham Rams, improving to 11-5 (1-1) on the season.
In a back-and-forth affair in the Bronx Saturday evening, the Richmond Spiders managed to pull out a vital road conference win in what was their fourth overtime game already this season (2-2). Saturday’s contest pitted the A-10’s top scorers against one another, with Cedrick Lindsay (4-12 FG, 1-5 3FG, 10-14 FT) besting conference leader Jon Severe (4-22 FG, 4-13 3FG, 7-9 FT) with a more efficient game from the floor. After 40 minutes of lead changes and scoring runs, 13 seconds remained in the overtime period when Kendall Anthony drained his third three-pointer of the game to finally put the Spiders up for good.
For the third time this season, the Spiders have allowed a double-digit second-half lead to spoil. Saturday’s game was the first time Richmond sealed the victory after losing such a large lead, with overtime losses to Wake Forest and Ohio who clawed back from second-half deficits to beat the Spiders. However, Saturday’s game against Fordham proved to be one of the Spiders’ best all-around offensive outputs of the season, seeing four different players scoring in double figures and collectively shooting 47.2% from the field and 31.8% from three-point range. Finding consisting scoring outside of Cedrick Lindsay has been nearly impossible this season, so Saturday’s offensive explosion from Terry Allen (18 PTS, 8-11 FG, 7 REBS) and solid numbers from Derrick Williams (10 PTS) was a sight for the sore eyes of Richmond fans.
It had been nearly a month since Terry Allen scored in double digits after scoring 10 or more in six of Richmond’s first eight games this season. Saturday’s game looked to continue Allen’s lackadaisical trend as of late. With two early careless turnovers and poor shot selection, Coach Mooney subbed Allen out after only three minutes of game time. From there, however, Allen managed to get to the rim, crash the boards, and make better decisions with the ball which all allowed him to tie his career high in scoring with eighteen points Saturday night.
The Spiders return home to the totally renovated Robins Center on Saturday, January 18th, to face the Flyers of Dayton (12-5, 0-1). The upper concourse renovations of the Robins Center were completed throughout Richmond’s recent road trip to start conference play, which will add even more seating to an already loud arena. Tip off is at 3:00 PM and can be viewed regionally on ESPN and heard locally on ESPN 950.