BROOKLYN, NY (WWBT) - It’s been one of the stories of their season- the Richmond Spiders struggling late, and a stretch run by an opponent ended their season on Thursday night.
Saint Louis outscored Richmond, 19-8, in the final 6:50 of the game to come from behind and beat the Spiders, 71-68, in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Richmond’s season ends with a 13-20 record.
Things started out well for the Spiders, who held a 36-30 lead at halftime and led 60-52 with 7:26 left in the game, but the Billikens turned it on down the stretch and escaped Richmond’s upset bid.
Once again, Chris Mooney’s squad had trouble on the boards. Saint Louis out-rebounded Richmond, 42-20 for the game, including a 27-6 advantage on the glass in the final 20 minutes. 18 offensive rebounds aided the Billikens and kept the Spiders from regaining possession at key points.
Grant Golden scored 20 points to lead Richmond, while Nathan Cayo and Jacob Gilyard added 12. Saint Louis’s Hasahn French led the way for the Billikens with 22 points and 12 rebounds.