by Matt Lincoln
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - UR did not want to give the selection committee another reason to leave them out of the tournament. The Spiders took care of business in their first game of the Atlantic-10 Tournament, beating URI 55-45.
Kevin Anderson scored 21 points and third-seeded Richmond won a defensive battle with the sixth-seeded Rams.
Justin Harper added 12 points and 13 rebounds as the Spiders (25-7) avenged a loss earlier this season to the sixth-seeded Rams (19-13).
Richmond's 12th win in the last 14 games sets up a rematch of last year's title game against three-time defending champion Temple. The No. 24 ranked Owls (25-6) ran away from Philadelphia rival La Salle earlier Friday night.
Ninth-seeded Dayton (21-12) and No. 12 seed Saint Joseph's (11-21) will meet in the first semifinal at Boardwalk Hall. Marquis Jones had 14 points to lead Rhode Island, while Jamal Wilson added 12 and Delroy James had 10. The 45 points matched the Rams' season low.