Kingston, RI (WWBT)- Darien Brothers had 19 points and the Spiders never trailed, as Richmond earned its first Atlantic 10 Conference victory with a 70-53 win over Rhode Island. Chris Mooney's squad improves to 10-7, 1-1 in conference play.
Richmond opened up the game on a 15-5 run and led 33-26 at the half. The Rams closed the gap to 35-31 at the 15:53 mark of the second, but would get no closer. The Spiders stormed ahead and led by as many as 22 down the stretch, sending Rhode Island to its tenth loss in its last 12 games.
Brothers' 19 points marked a game high, as he also dished out four assists and tallied four steals. Francis-Cedric Martel used a perfect 5-for-5 night from the floor to score 13 points, while Kendall Anthony chipped in 13 points off the bench. Anthony added six assists, and a total of six Spiders tallied three boards on the evening. Former Virginia point guard Billy Baron led the Rams with 14 points on the night.
Brothers now leads the team with 14.3 points per game, and also paces the Spiders with a three point shooting percentage of 49 percent.
Richmond has a week to prepare for its next contest, when Temple visits the Robins Center for the Spiders' A10 home opener on January 14. That game will tip off at 7:00 pm.