After missing a huge opportunity against West Virginia, the Spiders rebounded with a huge win against #14 California. The Spiders were led by Terry Allen, who finished with 34 points and 13 rebounds.
Terry Allen continued his monster senior campaign from the start. The Golden Bears just didn't have an answer for Terry, as he got to the basket with ease. Allen got 21 of his 34 points off of free throws, many of them came in the final minutes to seal the game. Terry is building a strong case for 1st Team All A10 early in the season. TJ Cline also found easy buckets as he finished with 11 points, he could have had more if not for foul trouble. ShawnDre' Jones continues to fill the shoes of Kendall Anthony, the junior guard finished with 22 points and 4 assists. Marshall Wood came up clutch hitting three straight threes in a four minute period. Wood finished with 18 points, a career high.
Richmond won the rebounding battle for the third straight game, an anomaly that we hope can become a regular occurrence. The Spiders also had 17 second chances points compared to Cal's 10.
The Spiders built a 15 point lead in the 2nd half led by Marshall Wood. That all came crashing down as Cal stormed back to reclaim the lead with under five minutes. The Golden Bears got the lead all the way up to four, and all hope seemed lost for the Spiders. The Spiders responded to adversity as ShawnDre' Jones and Terry Allen fueled a Spider comeback. The Spiders responded to adversity very well, as the game seemed to be in the hands of Cal.
Player of the Game: Terry Allen
Not even close. Terry dominated the game from the tip.
“Tonight was a team win by a very special group of players,” head coach Chris Mooney said. “Terry Allen’s was performance defies description. He’s an incredible player and performed tonight on a big stage. I was proud with the way that we responded to their run and showed a lot of heart in finishing the win against a nationally-ranked team."
"Last night we were getting stops and couldn't get enough baskets," Richmond coach Chris Mooney said. "When we went into a drought today, we were able to snap out of it, get a score and gain momentum."
The Spiders were able to get a quality win against a ranked opponent away from the Robins Center. This should help the Spiders in March. This was Richmond's 13th win over a Top 25 team since 2008.
Richmond will have another chance for a quality road win as they travel to Florida on Tuesday.
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