Game #9-063: Wofford at Richmond SpidersNovember 20, 2012 7:00 pm
I decided to head to what I like to call the "City Morgue" tonight to catch Richmond taking on Wofford. I certainly wasn't expecting much, the Spiders were coming off a loss to Minnesota but they had destroyed Liberty, UNCW, and Hampton at home. UofR is about 5 minutes max from my house, I used to ride my bike there when I was a kid. Games are also only $5, so why not go on a Tuesday night?
I usually stop at a bar right outside of campus, Flynn's, to grab a brew and talk some basketball with some other pregamers. You can usually get a good vibe on how Richmond's season is going from the crowd at Flynn's. I remember a couple of weeks ago the talk was more about VCU and their transition into the A10. I'd say Richmond fans were cautiously optimistic after being picked to be in the lower half of the conference. Tonight was a different feel where the fans were pretty confident about the three previous home wins.
As I said, I wasn't expecting much. Richmond was taking on a 1-3 Wofford team and my Lancers were set to take on 12 Creighton at 8PM on ESPN3, so I was planning on diverting my attention to that at halftime. What I found were two teams nearly asleep. Both teams combined to start the game 1-for-19 from the field. I then saw a tweet from a Richmond sports talk radio host that said the pregame meal for the media was turkey with all the fixings. Did the Spiders have the same meal? It seemed as if some tryptophan was wafting in the arena as the atmosphere was dead and the students were gone to their homes above the Mason-Dixon Line.
Richmond's starting guard Cedrick Lindsey was out for the game because of a concussion he received Sunday versus Minnesota. That meant reigning A10 Freshman of the Year Kendall Anthony would start. Anthony is 5'8" and one of my favorite players to watch. He comes off the bench for the Spiders more because of the role he plays; he could easily be a starter for the team and certainly will be in the future.
Oh, did I mention that apparently this wasn't your everyday home game? This was something called the Nation of Coaches Classic. I'm still trying to figure out what that means. Apparently it's a two game event? The second leg will be a pretty solid mid-major match up where Richmond travels to play Ohio on Saturday.
Anyway...back to Anthony (let me know if you figure out what the heck this event was), Anthony was the Spiders saving grace tonight in a 64-58 win for the Spiders. Yea the score was close, but it never felt that close. The 5'8" spark plug finished the night with 24 points and was the biggest difference on the floor. To say this guy is quick would be an understatement. I guess a win, is a win, is a win for the Spiders. Now on to Athens...
at RICHMOND 64, WOFFORD 58
WOFFORD 1-4 (0-0) -- L. Skinner 3-7 3-4 10; A. Smith 1-3 0-0 2; K. Cochran 5-16 3-5 17; S. Collins 6-14 1-3 13; I. Faithfull 0-3 0-0 0; J. Swinton 2-4 0-0 4; J. Byrd 2-5 2-2 8; B. Harris 1-4 0-0 3; J. Gordon 0-0 1-2 1; C. Neumann 0-0 0-0 0; K. Hickson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-56 10-16 58.
RICHMOND 4-1 (0-0) -- K. Anthony 8-13 6-9 24; D. Williams 3-8 4-5 10; D. Brothers 3-7 6-8 13; G. Robbins 3-7 2-2 9; W. Sparrow 0-4 2-2 2; T. Davis 0-4 0-0 0; A. Nelson-Ododa 1-4 2-2 4; D. Taylor 1-1 0-0 2; T. Allen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-48 22-28 64.
Three-point goals: WOFF 8-22 (K. Cochran 4-9; J. Byrd 2-3; I. Faithfull 0-2; L. Skinner 1-2; S. Collins 0-4; B. Harris 1-2), RICH 4-18 (D. Brothers 1-3; G. Robbins 1-4; W. Sparrow 0-3; D. Williams 0-2; K. Anthony 2-4; A. Nelson-Ododa 0-1; T. Davis 0-1); Rebounds: WOFF 32 (I. Faithfull 6), RICH 37 (D. Williams 11); Assists: WOFF 11 (J. Swinton 5), RICH 10 (G. Robbins 4); Total Fouls -- WOFF 20, RICH 14; Fouled Out: WOFF-K. Cochran; RICH-None.
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