Richmond drops heart-breaker to George Washington

Richmond, VA (WWBT)- Coming off a two point win over LaSalle on Wednesday night, the Richmond men's basketball team eyed a winning streak.  Late in Saturday's game with George Washington, it looked as though the Spiders may secure their second straight victory, but Chris Mooney and his team saw it slip away in the final four minutes.

Richmond was outscored 14-5 in the final 3:35 and a last second Darien Brothers shot would not fall, as the Spiders fell to the Colonials, 69-67.  The first half was a close one, as neither team led by more than four points in a frame that saw six ties and eleven lead changes.  Richmond went into halftime with a 28-27 lead.

That trend would continue in the second half, with the Spiders opening up their largest lead of the game at 62-55 with 4:13 remaining.  That's when the Colonials closed in for their comeback.  A quick 7-0 run tied the game at 62, and GW moved in front with 1:16 remaining, 66-64.  Missed Spider opportunities and free throws extended the Colonial lead to five with 19 seconds remaining, with that five point margin marking their largest lead of the contest.  Cedrick Lindsay would hit a three pointer with 13 second remaining to cut it to 69-67and Richmond sent Tony Taylor to the free-throw line with ten seconds to play.  Taylor missed the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity and Darrius Garrett pulled down the rebound, fired an outlet pass to Brothers, who was able to get down the court, square up and get a good look at a potential game-winning three point shot, but it bounced off the iron and George Washington secured the rebound, and the two point win.

Overall, the game saw nine ties and 16 lead changes in the 40 minutes.

Derrick Williams scored a game high 21 points and was 11-for-11 from the free throw line in the losing effort, while Francis-Cedric Martel added ten points to round out the Spiders in double-figures.  Garrett pulled down eleven rebounds and blocked five shots on the evening.  The senior ranked fifth in NCAA Division I basketball in blocked shots with 87 and blocked shots per game with 3.5.

The Spiders fall to 13-13, 4-7 in the Atlantic 10, and are back in action on Wednesday as they travel to St. Louis.

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