RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Kendall Anthony scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, as Richmond pulled away and upset 14th-ranked VCU, 64-55, at the Siegel Center on Saturday. It marks the Spiders' first win at the venue since February of 2001 and is just their second victory in eleven trips.
The two teams' offenses had some trouble finding themselves early on, but VCU would open up an eleven point lead late in the first half. The Rams used a 17-6 run to create some space and went into halftime leading 28-22.
Richmond came out firing in the second half. The Spiders surged ahead, thanks to a 13-2 run of their own to open the frame. Three pointers on three straight possessions for Richmond sparked the run to give the visitors their first lead of the game at 31-30, and that would balloon into a seven point lead. After that, VCU would get no closer than four points.
The Rams were concerned with more than just the loss. Late in the second half, Briante Weber landed awkwardly on his leg after a pass and suffered a knee injury. The senior guard was down for several minutes on the court. Shaka Smart said after the game that the training staff and team doctor were working to get him an MRI, and the severity of the injury is not yet known.
In addition to Anthony's 22 points, Terry Allen chipped in 15 points for the Spiders, and Trey Davis pulled down ten rebounds. Treveon Graham scored 18 points to lead VCU, while Weber added eleven and Melvin Johnson scored ten points. Weber also tallied six steals and is now eleven away from tying the NCAA all-time career mark, as he awaits word on the status of his knee.
VCU struggled to shoot, particularly from long distance. The Rams connected on just three of their 20 three point attempts. Richmond also had the upper hand in rebounds, winning the battle of the boards, 39-27, and not allowing VCU to tally any second-chance points.
Richmond also grabbed its first road win of the season. The Spiders look for their third straight win on Thursday at La Salle. VCU looks to bounce back on Wednesday at George Mason.