UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va.- The Richmond men's basketball team defeated Rhode Island 64-61 with three Spiders scoring double digits in the A-10 home opener.
Playing without junior forward Derrick Williams for the second-straight game, Richmond was up 18 points over the Rams with 5:17 remaining in the game. Rhode Island pulled within one point with 25.1 seconds left, but Richmond went 4-4 at the line to secure the victory.
Senior Darien Brothers led the Spider offense sinking 8-of-8 free throws and 3-of-8 field goals, including a fastbreak dunk with six minutes remaining in the game. Brothers finished with a game- high 15 points and moved into 35th on Richmond's all-time scoring list with 1,044 career points, passing Danny Higgins (1,042), Spike Welsh (1,033) and Mike Winiecki (1,031).
Freshman Deion Taylor made 4-of-5 shots, including a long range three in the second half to finish the game with a career high 11 points.
Freshman Alonzo Nelson-Ododa had a career-high five blocks. The Atlanta native also scored six points with six rebounds and a career high three assists.
The Spiders return to the hardwood on Saturday, when they travel to La Salle for their first A-10 road game of the season. Tip-off is schedule for 2:00 p.m.
NOTES: The Spiders improved to 8-4 in Atlantic 10 openers...Richmond is 9-1 at home this season and 49-9 in the last 58 games in the Robins Center...the Spiders are 8-1 against Rhode Island in Richmond...the Spiders are 41-17 in the last 58 games against A-10 teams.