PHILADELPHIA – The Spider defense stepped up big on the road in a 12-point win at the home of the league’s highest scoring team in La Salle. The Spiders (15-9, 9-3) toughed their way to a 64-52 victory to keep pace in the top quadrant of the Atlantic 10.
UR’s defense held La Salle to a tie for its lowest output of the season and nearly 27 points under its season average. Richmond forced a season-best 24 turnovers with 11 steals. Seven different players reached the steal column for Richmond.
T.J. Cline notched his 11th 20-point performance of the year as he finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Nick Sherod came within one point of his career high as he scored 16 points and had a team-high three steals.
ShawnDre' Jones once again reached double figures with 12 points and five assists, while Khwan Fore finished with eight points. De’Monte Buckingham grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and also dished a career-high five assists.
Richmond used an early 7-1 run to go up 15-8 after a three-pointer from Cline. The lead ballooned to 20-10 before La Salle cut it back to 24-22 after back-to-back baskets from Tony Washington. A layup from Jones in the final minute kept UR ahead, 30-24, at halftime.
After La Salle started the second half with three quick baskets to tie the game, Richmond responded with an 11-0 run capped by a three from Fore. La Salle responded with a 15-4 run to tie the game at 45, but Richmond never allowed the Explorers to take a lead.
Richmond answered La Salle’s run with a 17-2 run of its own. During the run, La Salle made eight turnovers and Cline converted a dagger three-point play with 4:16 left to put the game out of reach.
Richmond wraps up this mini road trip with a game at George Mason on Valentine’s Day at 7 p.m. That game will air on MASN.