Hot-Shooting Spiders Topple Minutemen, 84-68
Jan. 22, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - By making eight of its first nine shots to open the second half, Richmond turned a six-point halftime lead into a 19-point advantage before defeating UMass 84-68, on Saturday afternoon at the Mullins Center. Anthony Gurley led the Minutemen (11-7, 3-2 A-10) with 30 points, one shy of his career-high, while the Spiders (15-5, 4-1 A-10) placed four players in double figures, led by Dan Geriot's 24 points.
The Spiders shot a blistering 63 percent in the second half, including 7-of-14 from 3-point range to blow open the game. Geriot led the way with 4-of-7 shooting behind the arc and 3-of-5 from Darien Brothers.
Gurley led all scorers in the game with his 30 points. The senior made a career-high six 3-pointers on 12 attempts and passed Mike Williams (1,112) and Gary Forbes (1,128) for 30th on UMass' all-time scoring list (1,130).
For the game, UMass shot 37.7 percent, including 7-of-18 from 3-point range. Richmond shot 51.9 percent and was 11-of-28 from long range.
Javorn Farrell netted 16 points and four assists for the Minutemen.
Richmond's lead reached as many as 23 points, 74-51 with 6:36 remaining after an 11-2 run, but the Minutemen made a late run of their own, outscoring the Spiders 11-1 over a span of 2:15 to make it a 13-point game, 75-62 with 4:03 left.
Leading by six at halftime, Richmond opened the second half red-hot, making 8-of-9 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers by Geriot to take a 19-point lead, 52-32 with 15:50 remaining.
UMass shot just 30 percent in the first half, but was 4-of-10 from 3-point range. Gurley led the way with 13 first-half points, including all four Minutemen threes.
Gurley hit a deep 3-pointer from the left wing at the buzzer to get UMass within six and send the teams into halftime with Richmond leading, 33-27. The Minutemen had trailed by three, 27-24 with 1:35 remaining after a Hashim Bailey lay-in, but the Spiders went on to score six-straight to take a nine-point lead, their biggest of the half, 33-24 before Gurley's shot on the final possession.
The Minutemen took an early 6-5 lead on a pair of Sean Carter free throws, but the Spiders responded with seven-straight points, capped off by a Geriot 3-pointer, to take the lead, 12-6 with 14:34 left in the half.
The Minutemen return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Western New York to take on St. Bonaventure in a 7 p.m. A-10 game at the Reilly Center.
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