RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Spider seniors combined for just 2 points on Senior Night at the Robins Center. The underclassmen were more than capable of picking up the slack.
Junior Darien Brothers poured in a game-high 30 points as Richmond dropped Dayton, 82-71, in its regular-season finale on Wednesday at the Robins Center.
The Spiders opened the game on a 12-4 run behind six points apiece from Brothers and sophomore Derrick Williams. The Flyers would pull to within one, 27-26, at the 2:02 mark, but the Spiders entered intermission with a six-point lead following back-to-back treys from Brothers and freshman Kendall Anthony.
The Flyers narrowed the Spider advantage to 38-36 after opening the second frame on a 6-2 run, but Richmond quickly responded with a 12-5 run capped by Anthony's second trey with 13:20 to play.
As they had done throughout much of the evening, the Flyers quickly found a way to claw their way back into the contest. Dayton was down just 60-58 at the 5:30 mark following a 7-2 run, but that would be the closest they would come as Anthony and junior Greg Robbins buried back-to-back treys to extend the Spider lead to 66-58.
Sophomore Cedrick Lindsay helped lock up the victory down the stretch by converting a critical and-1 opportunity to put the Spiders up 69-60 with 3:03 remaining. He followed that up with a pair of free throws a minute later before senior Francis-Cedric Martel turned in what was the game's punctuating play with a huge dunk that gave the Spiders' a game-high 13-point lead, 73-60.
Brothers went 9-for-14 from the field, including a 3-for-6 night from long range, to lead all players with 30 points. Anthony added 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting to reach the 20-point plateau for the fifth time this season.
Williams scored 13 points to join the tandem in double figures and flirted with a double-double with his game-high eight rebounds. Robbins came up just shy of double-figures, finishing with nine points to go with a career-high tying seven rebounds.
Richmond (16-15, 7-9 A-10) shot 27-for-58 (46.6%) from the field and an efficient 9-for-20 (45%) from beyond the arc. The Spiders were sent to the line 25 times, sinking 19 free throws for a 76% clip at the stripe. Richmond outrebounded the Flyers, 36-32, with the team's 21 second-chance points certainly contributing to the win.
Dayton (18-11, 8-7 A-10) had a nearly identical night from the floor, shooting 27-for-59 (45.8%) while finishing 8-for-22 (36.4%) from long range. The Flyers, who never led in the contest, were paced by 22 points and seven boards from senior Chris Johnson.
The Spiders could finish as high as a tie for ninth in the Atlantic 10 and will play on the road as the 10th seed in Tuesday's conference tournament first-round game against an opponent to be named.