No. 13/12 UMass Drops Tight One At Richmond, 58-55
Jan. 22, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. - No. 13/12 Massachusetts fought back from a nine-point deficit and had a chance to tie in the closing seconds but Chaz Williams' three from the top of the key was long and Richmond emerged with a 58-55 win at the Robins Center on Wednesday.
UMass (16-2, 3-1 Atlantic 10) lost for the first time on the road this season and saw its six-game win streak come to an end. The Minutemen shot 40 percent and were just 2-of-14 from outside.
Richmond (13-6, 3-1) was led by Kendall Anthony's 21 points and four 3-pointers. Cedrick Lindsay added 11. The Spiders shot 42 pct. and made six 3-pointers.
Lindsay scored eight-consecutive points to give the Spiders a 26-17 lead with 3:59 to play in the first half before taking a 27-22 lead into the locker room.
UMass opened the second half on a 8-2 run thanks to three steals on Richmond's first four possessions. The Minutemen took their first lead at 30-29 on a Raphiael Putney dunk.
Richmond appeared ready to pull away midway through the period after UMass got a Derrick Gordon basket to cut the deficit to 44-42. Derrick Williams made a three from in front his bench on the right wing and Alonzo Nelson-Adoda converted a three-point play to extend the lead to 50-42 with 6:07 remaining.
After the Minutemen worked it back to a four-point game, an Anthony three in the corner put the Spiders ahead 55-48 with 3:43 left.
Carter answered with a three and Lalanne scored on a dunk to cut the margin to 55-53 with 38.3 on the clock.
After Lindsay made one free throw, UMass' Trey Davis made it a 56-55 game on a floater with 11.3
After forcing a UR time out on a trap in the corner, Lindsey was fouled and made both free throws with 10.1 remaining to set up the final play.
UMass, which was playing its third road game in eight days, will return home for a game with Fordham this Sunday. Tip off at the Mullins Center is set for Noon Eastern time.
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