Richmond hangs on to top Xavier

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond men's basketball team had five players score in double-figures as the Spiders edged Xavier, 73-71, Saturday at the Robins Center.

The Spiders improved to 12-1 at home, knocking off an A-10 leader for the third-straight home game. Richmond won its fifth-straight game at the Robins Center, while improving to 4-0 against A-10 opponents at home. Chris Mooney's team is also 3-1 this season against teams with at least a share of the conference lead.

Richmond has won three of the last six meetings against the Musketeers (12-9, 5-3 Atlantic 10).

Playing with a sprained knee, sophomore Kendall Anthony toughed it out Saturday, making three first-half three-pointers on his way to a team-high 16 points. Redshirt freshman Alonzo Nelson-Ododa scored a career-high 13 points, making 4-of-6 from the field, grabbing a team-high eight rebounds and blocking four shots.

Senior Darien Brothers also scored 13 points and Greg Robbins recorded a career-high seven assists.

Xavier lost the game despite shooting 60 percent from the floor and out-rebounding Richmond, 27-21. It marked a physical contest, as both teams attempted 31 free throws.

Derrick Williams remained sidelined with an ankle injury. Mooney said earlier in the week that there was a slight chance he could be ready for tonight, but the Spiders hope to see him back in the line-up next weekend.

Richmond is now 14-9 on the season, 4-4 in conference play, and will host Saint Louis next Saturday at 6:00pm.

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