Rivalry Week kicks off with UR hoops win

by Matt Lincoln

RICHMOND (WWBT) - Before their two football teams could duke it out on Saturday, the Richmond and William & Mary basketball teams took to the court on Monday.  And it was no contest.

Kevin Anderson and Justin Harper scored 13 points apiece to lead five players in double figures for Richmond as it defeated William & Mary 73-49.

The Spiders (2-0) led 35-20 at halftime, but it wasn't easy from the get-go.  The Tribe led 15-8 before the Spiders ripped off a 12-0 run.  They extended their lead in the second half, thanks to contributions from Greg Robbins and Cedrick Lindsay, who each scored 12 points. Dan Geriot added 10.

Despite being outrebounded 12-4 on the offensive end, Richmond was able to stay in front, thanks to 27-for-49 (55.1 percent) shooting from the field, including 9-for-24 (37.5 percent) from 3-point range.

The Tribe (0-2) were held to 18 of 52 (34.6 percent) shooting from the floor, including 3-for-15 (20 percent) from 3-point range.

Marcus Kitts led the way for William & Mary with a career-high 16 points and 13 rebounds. Kitts was coming off a bout of mononucleosis, and had only practiced twice with the Tribe. Kyle Gaillard, who had 11 points, was the only other player in double figures.

William & Mary has had two tough matchups with losses to UVA and UR, and it doesn't get an easier as a trip to Syracuse awaits.  Richmond also heads to New York state, playing at Iona on Thursday.

The football teams will vie for the Capital Cup Saturday at 3:30 in Williamsburg.

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