Courtesy of GWSports.com
RICHMOND, Va. – George Washington men’s basketball built early leads in each half, but Richmond closed the game on a 34-16 run to come-from-behind and deal the Colonials a 73-64 loss at the Robins Center on Wednesday night.
The loss drops GW (12-14, 6-7 A-10) into a four-way tie for ninth place in the Atlantic 10 standings with three league contests remaining, while Richmond (17-11, 7-6 A-10) moves a game ahead of GW into seventh place. The top 12 teams in the final 16-team league standings qualify for the 2013 A-10 Championship at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., March 14-17.
Reigning A-10 Rookie of the Week Kevin Larsen had a career-best outing for the second time in three games, leading GW with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting and 4-of-5 free throws in 35 minutes. Freshman Kethan Savage matched his career-high with 12 points on a 4-of-5 effort from both the floor and foul line. The Colonials shot nearly 54 percent (22-41) for the game, just their second loss in nine games shooting better than 50 percent from the floor this season.
After surrendering an opening three-pointer, GW went on a 21-4 run to race out to a 14-point advantage after 8:46 elapsed. Richmond responded with a 16-4 spurt to close within two, then ended the period on an 11-3 run to knot the contest at 36-36 at halftime.
The Colonials scored 12 of the opening 15 points of the second half to once again take a healthy lead at 48-39 with 16:10 to play. However, the Spiders began to swing momentum their way with three consecutive triples and six 3-point possessions during a 22-7 swing that gave the hosts the lead for good.
A hook shot from Isaiah Armwood pulled GW within 61-58 with 4:50 remaining, but that’s as close as it would get as UR’s Cedrick Lindsay hit two free throws and Greg Robbins converted back-to-back layins to prevent any rally.
Lindsay made 10-of-11 free throws and led Richmond with 19 points, including 13 in the second half and eight during the game-deciding run. Robbins added 15 points, 12 during the Spiders’ rally. Darien Brothers chipped in 12 as UR improved to 14-2 inside the Robins Center this season.
Richmond benefited from a dozen three-point possessions, including an 8-of-21 effort behind the arc, and finished at 40.4 percent (21-52) from the field.
The contest featured 54 total fouls and the teams combined for 61 foul shots – 19-of-29 for the Colonials and 23-of-32 for the Spiders.
GW will host its second nationally ranked opponent of the season this Saturday when No. 18/19 Saint Louis (22-5, 11-2 A-10) visits the Charles E. Smith Center at 4:00 p.m. The game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus and Fox Sports Midwest Plus, streamed live on RaiseHigh.tv, and broadcast live on FederalNewsRadio.com and 1500/820 AM.