by Matt Lincoln
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Spider offense blew away St. Joseph's in the second half Wednesday night in Philadelphia, as UR clinched a first round bye in the Atlantic-10 Tournament for the third time in the last four years.
Kevin Anderson scored 22 points and paced the Spiders to a 69-54 on Wednesday night. The Spiders (23-7, 12-3 Atlantic 10 Conference) led 40-39 with 10:20 left to play before going on a 29-13 run to take a 69-52 lead with 1:49 to go. Richmond shot 5 for 5 from beyond the arc during that run.
The Spiders finish the year 6-1 on the road in the conference, and have the best A-10 road record for the third straight year.
Justin Harper added 16 points, Dan Geriot had 14 and Darien Brothers 10 for the Spiders, who shot 16 for 29 from the floor (55.2 percent) in the second half.
The Hawks (8-21, 3-12) shot 4 for 13 from the field over the final 10 minutes and finished 3 of 16 from 3-point range (18.8 percent) overall.
Carl Jones scored 18 points and Ronald Roberts had 10 for St. Joseph's, which has lost four of its last five contests. Richmond led 20-19 at halftime and outscored the Hawks 49-35 in the second half.
Richmond plays its final game before the postseason Saturday at the Robins Center against Duquesne.