Big second half propels Spiders

by Matt Lincoln

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Spiders played one of their worst halves of the season Wednesday night against George Washington.  Good thing they followed it up with one of their best.

Justin Harper scored a career-high 30 points Wednesday night and started a 23-6 second- half run that carried Richmond past George Washington, 68-58.

The Spiders (14-5, 3-1 Atlantic 10) trailed 33-24 at halftime, but made the big run to start the second half and take command.

Kevin Anderson had 11 points in the burst and Harper had 10, including a catch-and-shoot 3-pointer from the left wing to get it started.

Joseph Katuka scored 17 points and Dwayne Smith 10 for the Colonials (10-8, 3-1), who lost for only the second time in their last five visits to the Robins Center.

Anderson added 20 points for Richmond, which had lost two of its last three at home.

Harper, who hit 11 of 15 shots and 4 of 5 3-point attempts, missed his last two shots before hitting a pair of free throws in the final minute to top the previous best of 28 set in January 2009.

UR is now one of seven teams that have a record of 3-1 or better in the Atlantic 10.

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