Archive for Saturday, March 19, 2011

No. 12 seed Richmond knocks off Morehead St, 65-48

Morehead State guard Terrance Hill (11)goes up for a shot against Richmond guard Kevin Anderson (14) in the first half of a Southwest regional third round NCAA tournament college basketball game, Saturday, March 19, 2011, in Denver.

Morehead State guard Terrance Hill (11)goes up for a shot against Richmond guard Kevin Anderson (14) in the first half of a Southwest regional third round NCAA tournament college basketball game, Saturday, March 19, 2011, in Denver.

March 19, 2011

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— Justin Harper scored 19 points and Kevin Anderson added 14, helping 12th-seeded Richmond advance to the round of 16 for the first time since 1988 with a 65-48 win over No. 13 Morehead State on Saturday in the NCAA tournament.

The Spiders (29-7) will play the winner of Kansas-Illinois in the Southwest regional semifinals next Friday in San Antonio.

Richmond shut down Morehead State big man and NBA prospect Kenneth Faried — at least as much as anyone can these days.

Faried, the all-time Division I rebounder in the modern era, was held to 11 points and 13 rebounds as the Eagles (25-10), the darlings of the tournament after knocking off Louisville, were sent home.

For a rare change, Richmond entered the game as a favorite, a departure from the usual underdog role the team has assumed in the tournament.

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