The Richmond Spiders were unable to continue their streak of hot basketball against the #19 St. Louis Billikens.
The Richmond Spiders were unable to continue their streak of hot basketball against the #19 St. Louis Billikens (19-2, 6-0) on Wednesday night. Despite beating two of the A-10’s top teams last week–#13 UMASS and St. Joseph’s—the Spiders were simply outmatched from the opening tip and now find themselves at 14-7 (4-2) heading into the weekend and a date with cross-town rival VCU.
The Billikens led by as much as 22 points in the first half and took a 42-21 lead into the locker room, handing Richmond their worst offensive and defensive half of the season by far. Richmond allowed St. Louis to shoot 53% from the field and 60% from the three-point line while shooting only 23% themselves.
Kendall Anthony led all Richmond scorers with fourteen points (6-18 FG, 2-5 3FG)—his lowest scoring total over the past four games—while Cedrick Lindsay (12 PTS, 4-13 FG, 0-2 3FG) and Derrick Williams (10 PTS, 10 REBS) were the only Spiders in double figures for the game. Richmond is now 1-6 on the season when allowing more than 70 points on defense.
Richmond travels across town on Saturday to renew their intracity rivalry with the Rams of VCU (17-4, 5-1), who are arguably playing their basketball of the season right now. Last season, the Spiders and Rams split their two-game series, each squad winning at home.