Wednesday, February 8, 2012

La Salle Loses 78-76 Heartbreaker At Richmond

Richmond's Derrick Williams scored on a putback of a Cedric Lindsay miss with just under six seconds to go to give the Spiders a 78-76 win over La Salle.  Williams was unstoppable on the low block in the second half and finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds for Richmond.   La Salle jumped out to an eleven point lead late in the first half but Richmond went on a run of their own to narrow the deficit to two by halftime.  Neither team led by more than six points during a closely contested second half.

With just under a minute to go and  the score tied at 76, the Explorers had the ball but turned it over on a shot clock violation with twenty-one seconds to go.  The Spiders' worked the clock until just under ten seconds to go when Cedric Lindsay penetrated and lofted a floater that bounced off the rim.  Williams collared the rebound and scored what turned out to be the winning basket with just under six seconds left.  After a La Salle timeout, the Explorers ran the ball up the floor but Ramon Galloway was unable to get off a contested three point shot before the buzzer sounded.

In addition to Williams, Darien Brothers (13) and Wayne Sparrow (10) scored in double figures for the Spiders.  Darrius Garrett also chipped in with 11 rebounds and 6 blocked shots.  Tyreek Duren (17), Sam Mills (16), Ramon Galloway (15)  and Jerrell Wright (11) scored in double figures for the Explorers.  Galloway also contributed 9 assists and 7 rebounds.

La Salle lost their second straight game, falling to 17-8 overall and 6-4 in the A10 while Richmond improved to 13-12 overall and 4-6 in A10 play.

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