Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Richmond Spiders go outside, then in, beat Hampton Pirates in matinee

RICHMOND, Virginia -- With 14 minutes left, eight of Richmond’s 12 baskets were 3s. That may appear a bit trigger-happy on the Spiders’ part, but the shooting led to a 65-52 win over Hampton Tuesday afternoon at the Robins Center.

From the outside, Richmond (3-1) shot the Pirates (1-3) out of their zone, taking a 44-25 lead with 12:40 left, and then put them to sleep behind the floor leadership of senior guard ShawnDre’ Jones.

The Spiders finished with nine 3-pointers on 28 attempts. Three came from 6-foot-8 senior Marshall Wood (10 points) and three came from senior forward T.J. Cline (17 points).

For Richmond, this was the fourth of four home games that started the season. This was the second game of the Barclays Center Classic for both teams. Richmond now moves on to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., for a Friday meeting at 9:30 p.m. with Maryland, which is among others receiving votes in the AP Poll, and a Saturday date with Kansas State or Boston College.

Jones (9 points), on whom the Spiders rely for direction and scoring (23 ppg before HU’s visit), got into some foul trouble and was off the floor more than usual. Richmond struggled for offensive rhythm against Hampton’s zone while Jones was out.


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