Spiders hold off South Alabama, stay perfect at home

Spiders hold off South Alabama, stay perfect at home

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Terry Allen scored 17 second-half points to propel the Spiders to a 65-54 victory over South Alabama in the second game of the Gotham Classic at the Robins Center on Thursday night.

Richmond (5-4) captured its 400th win all-time at the Robins Center and improved to 5-0 at home this year, while South Alabama fell to 2-6.

Allen put together his best performance of the season, scoring 17 points and grabbing nine rebounds. He shot 6-of-11 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. His three-pointer with 1:20 left was the knockout punch in the Spiders victory.

Senior Kendall Anthony scored a game-high 18 points, his team-best seventh double-digit performance this year. He also had three assists, three rebounds and a steal. He passed Justin Harper and moved into 11th place all-time with 1,471 career points.

ShawnDre' Jones tallied double digits for the second consecutive game, scoring 14 with two assists. T.J. Cline had 10 points and eight rebounds in his second straight start. He also had a career-high three steals.

No player from South Alabama scored in double figures as Ken Williams, Dionte Ferguson and Taishaun Johnson all had nine points.

Richmond's defense perplexed the Jaguars early on, forcing an 0-for-5 start with two turnovers before South Alabama scored its first basket. A three-pointer from Anthony punctuated a 10-0 run that put Richmond up 14-4 with 9:01 left.

However, the Jags chipped away at the Richmond lead with improved shooting and pulled to within three points at halftime, 28-25.

The Spiders held a slight lead throughout the second half until a Williams three-pointer and an Abdul Lewis jumper put the Jaguars up by two, but Richmond had an asnwer. A determined Allen hit a layup in the paint and then made his way to the foul line and the Spiders never looked back, securing the 65-54 victory.

Richmond travels to New York City for a bout with Pepperdine as part of the Gotham Classic in Madison Square Garden on Saturday night at 7:00pm.

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