RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - For the second straight game, the University of Richmond men's basketball used a stifling defensive effort to come away with a victory. This time, the Spiders held Saint Louis under 35-percent from the field en route to a 67-53 road victory over the Billikens.
The win gave Head Coach Chris Mooney his 200th career victory at Richmond in his 11th season. He currently sits second all-time.
Over the past two games, Richmond has held its opponents to 32.5-percent from the field (37-of-114) and 29.1-percent from long range (20-58).
Junior T.J. Cline led the way offensively with 18 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Senior Terry Allen chipped in 15 points, four rebounds and two assists, while ShawnDre' Jones added 10 points and five assists.
For the night, Richmond shot 54-percent from the field and assisted on 21 of its 28 field goals. 10 different players saw action for the Spiders with eight of them finding the scoring column in a terrific team effort on both sides of the court.
The Billikens, who already had home wins over George Washington and Davidson this year, came out strong, taking a five-point lead 10 minutes into the contest, but the Spiders chipped away at the lead thanks to a combined 16 first-half points from Allen and Cline.
A three-pointer from John Moran with 3:11 remaining in the half brought Richmond within one and a jumper from Jones with just over a minute to play in the stanza sent the Spiders into the break with a 32-31 cushion.
Back-to-back layups from Cline ignited a 13-1 run to start the second half and give the Spiders a 45-32 lead with 14:18 left in the contest.
A jumper from Marshall Wood with just over eight minutes remaining gave Richmond an 18-point lead, the largest of the contest.
The lead would reach 18 three different times and the Billikens would never get within 14 the rest of the way as the Spiders limited SLU to just 30.8-percent from the field in the second half and just eight field goals total.
Richmond returns to the Robins Center looking to extend the winning streak to three when Fordham visits on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 6:00pm.