SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (WWBT) - Top-seeded Kansas crushed Richmond's Cinderella slipper in front of a heavily pro-Kansas crowd at the Alamodome in San Antonio Friday night. The Jayhawks beat the Spiders 77-57 in the Sweet 16, as UR failed to make the Elite Eight for the first time in school history.
Kansas went 9-19 from beyond the arc, while UR had one of its worst shooting games of the season - going 4-26 from three. Justin Harper led Richmond with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Kevin Anderson scored 13 points. The remainder of the Spiders' team accounted for just 21 points.
Kansas had three guys finish with double-figures, including Brady Morningstar with 18, Marcus Morris with 13 and Thomas Robinson scored 12 points, and added 14 rebounds.
The Jayhawks took the game by the throat midway through the first half. Kansas went on a 25-4 run over a ten minute span to go up 35-11. Richmond hung with Kansas on the boards, but offensively, the Spiders had to work hard for all of their looks. The Spiders shot a paltry 29% (9-31) in the first half, while Kansas, one of the best field goal percentage teams in the country, shot 50% (16-32).
The Spiders went on an 8-0 run early in the second half to close the deficit to 15, and played with Kansas for most of the second frame. But a 19 point halftime deficit was too much to overcome.
A large Richmond contingent were loud for the first five minutes, and even some VCU fans waved "Go Richmond" signs. But, the top seed had too much size, skill and speed for Richmond to pull another upset.
There was some chippiness throughout the game. At the Alamodome, all teams use the same entrance to come into the arena. When both Kansas and Richmond wanted to enter at the same time, there was some shouting between the players. During the game, UR's Kevin Smith and KU's Brady Morningstar got in each other's faces, which eventually wound up in a technical foul called on the Jayhawks' guard.
Richmond says goodbye to the winningest class in school history. Justin Harper, Kevin Smith, Kevin Anderson and Dan Geriot won 91 games during their career, and won the team's first ever Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship.