Kendall Anthony scored a game-high 23 points, including the final four of the game, to lead Richmond to a 63-57 win over Saint Joseph’s (12-16; 6-10 A-10) in Atlantic 10 men’s basketball action at Hagan Arena.
With Richmond (17-12; 10-6) holding a 59-57 lead, Anthony hit a pair of free throws with 13 seconds left, and then hit a layup with :02 to go to seal the win for the Spiders.
Aaron Brown led Saint Joseph’s with 15 points while Chris Wilson added 10. The A-10’s leading scorer DeAndre’ Bembry was held to six points, ending his double-figure streak at 24 consecutive games. But the sophomore contributed a game-high 12 rebounds, along with three assists and one block.
Richmond led by as much as 14 points early in the second half, but Saint Joseph’s chipped away and erased the deficit. Trailing 46-35 with 12:45 to play the Hawks went on a 19-8 run, paced by seven points from Brown, to tie the game, 54-54 with 2:51 left after back-to-back layups by Wilson and Miles. Among the plays during that stretch which energized the Hawks was a come-from-behind block by Bembry on Anthony at 8:47, after the SJU co-captain had committed a turnover. The Hawks recovered the ball and Brown converted a three-point play at 8:47 to pull SJU within 48-44.
A three-pointer by T.J. Cline and a layup from Trey Davis increased the Spiders' lead to 59-54 at 1:36. Miles answered with a layup at 1:09, but the Hawks managed only a free throw by Brown the rest of the way.
"For a game that you know you're going to need 62 to win the game, 14 turnovers is the number. We thought we could get the glass, and we tried different things with [Kendall] Anthony and the ball screen. The big play was [TJ] Cline's step-back three, which we went over and we just missed it. We just missed it," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli. "And they got something from Trey Davis, and that's what you do when you win. You get something from an unexpected guy. I think he was 4-of-25 coming in from three and he hit two kind of flat-footed, so there's credit. But, I think we all left a play out there."
"I was proud of DeAndre' for wanting to step up and take [Kendall] Anthony defensively. We really have to work with him on the turnovers on the middle of the floor. They're a cause for concern. But, did he empty his tank? That block on Anthony on the breakaway was as good a play as he has made all year. But it was his turnover that led to that play, too. So, you know, glass half-full, glass half-empty," said Martelli. "But we rested him on Thursday after a magnificent effort on Wednesday night. And his year brought this added attention. So, they did a great job on him. Credit to them."
Richmond opened the second half by building on a 13-2 run it had started in the first half. The Spiders outscored the Hawks, 12-4, to take 43-29 lead at 15:20.
The Hawks held a 23-18 lead with under five minutes to play in the first half, but Richmond scored 13 straight points. Brown broke the scoreless streak for the Hawks with a pair of free throws at :01, but Richmond took a 31-25 lead into the break.
Saint Joseph’s struggled from three-point range in the game, hitting just 3-of-17, while Richmond connected on 9-of-26, with three three-pointers from Anthony.
Davis and Terry Allen each scored 11 points for Richmond.
The Hawks play their final home game of the season on Wednesday when they host city rival La Salle on “Senior Night”.