Men's Basketball Falls On The Road, 63-59
Dec. 30, 2000
CHARLOTTE, N.C (AP) - Greg Stevenson scored 19 points, his 40th consecutive game in double figures, to lead Richmond to a 63-59 victory over Massachusetts in the consolation game of the Hardee's Tournament of Champions on Saturday night.
Richmond (8-2) won despite its second straight poor shooting night. The Spiders came into the tournament shooting 52 percent from the field, but shot just 29 percent in a first-round loss to College of Charleston and 32 percent against Massachusetts.
Richmond made just six field goals in the second half and won the game at the free throw line, converting 19-of-23 in the second half, 20-of-24 overall.
Stevenson, a senior who transferred from Penn State two years ago, has scored in double figures in all 40 games he has played for Richmond.
Against Massachusetts, he did most of his damage at the free throw line going 9-for-12, including two free throws with 11 seconds to play to seal the victory.
The loss for Massachusetts (2-9) marked the first time since 1986-87 that the Minutemen lost both games of a holiday tournament. UMass is off to its worst start since the 1980-81 season, when the Minutemen also opened 2-9.
Monty Mack led Massachusetts with 20 points, including a 3-pointer that cut the score to 60-57 with 23 seconds to play.
But Stevenson was fouled on Richmond's next possesion and hit both free throws to seal the game.
Rick Houston and Scott Ungerer each scored 15 points for Richmond.
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