Led by a career-best 26 points from junior Derrick Williams, the Richmond Spiders defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 62-60, in the Bank of America Challenge on Saturday night at the Robins Center. The win was third straight for Richmond over Wake Forest.
Williams notched his second-straight double-double in the victory, grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds. Sophomore Kendall Anthony joined him in double figures with 11 points, hitting all six of his free throws down the stretch.
Williams was once again a force in the paint for the Spiders in the first half, helping lead Richmond to a 32-39 lead at the break. The junior forward had 14 points in the first 20 minutes on 3-of-5 shooting from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line.
Freshman Alonzo Nelson-Ododa also had a solid first half for the Spiders, scoring a career-high eight points on 3-of-4 shooting including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. Richmond's defense continued to be strong, forcing 10 first-half Wake turnovers.
In the second half, the Spiders maintained control of the contest, pushing their lead to nine points with 11:17 left in the game on a layup from Williams. The Demon Deacons responded with a 14-4 run to take the lead with just over six minutes left to play.
The veteran Spiders came right back and over the next five minutes, the lead changed five times and the game was tied on three separate occasions.
The biggest shot of the game came with the game tied, 54-54. With the shot clock running down, junior guard Cedrick Lindsay drove to the bucket, drawing the Wake defenders. Lindsay kicked the ball out to the right corner to a wide-open Anthony, who gave Richmond a three-point lead it would not give back, 57-54, with 1:11 left in the game.
Anthony scored seven of Richmond's last eight points, going 4-for-4 from the free throw line in that stretch to help secure the victory for the Spiders, 62-60.
The Richmond Spiders men's basketball team will be back in action on Tuesday when it travels to Norfolk to face in-state rival Old Dominion at the Constant Center. Tip-off is set for 6:00pm.
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