RICHMOND, Va. -- Despite a career-high-tying 31 points from junior Kendall Anthony, the Richmond men's basketball team fell to the VCU Rams, 81-70, in the Bank of America Capital City Classic at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
"They put us in a hole early," Richmond head coach Chris Mooney said. "I thought we really fought and competed during the course of the game. I felt like we defended really well in the first 15 minutes of the game and we were better on offense in the second half, we were more aggressive. But we didn't do the two of them well enough together for a long enough period of time."
Anthony made 10-of-21 field goals, including four three-pointers as he scored in double-figures for the 14th-straight game. The reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Week is averaging 23.7 points per game in his last three contests.
The Jackson, Tenn. native moved into 31st on Richmond's career scoring list with 1,033 points. As a sophomore, Anthony poured in 31 points, including seven three-pointers, in a 91-68 victory over Air Force at the Robins Center Jan. 2, 2013.
Senior Cedrick Lindsay scored 21 points, making 7-of-12 field goals as he posted his 14th-career 20-point game, including his seventh this season. Sophomore Trey Davis scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Briante Weber and Melvin Johnson each scored 14 points to lead six Rams in double-figures. VCU (18-4, 6-1 Atlantic 10) only forced nine Richmond turnovers, but shot 46.7 percent from the field and scored 40 points in the paint.
The Spiders (14-8, 4-3 Atlantic 10) host St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the Robins Center. The game will be televised live by SpiderTV and will air regionally on MASN2 and locally on CBS 6.3 (Verizon Fios 466; Comcast 206).