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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 23, 1 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Rose Hill Gym (3,200) -- Bronx, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Richmond 13-2, Fordham 4-5. Away Record: Richmond 2-8, Fordham 0-14. Neutral Record: Richmond 0-1, Fordham 2-2. Conference Record: Richmond 5-6, Fordham 2-10. Series Record: Richmond leads, 10-7.
GAME NOTES: The Richmond Spiders hope to snag their first conference road win of the season when they travel to the Bronx to take on the Fordham Rams in an Atlantic 10 Conference tilt on Saturday afternoon.
By outlasting St. Bonaventure at home in overtime last Saturday, 83-80, the Spiders snapped a two-game skid. They have had problems away from home in conference games this season, losing all five A-10 decisions outside of the friendly confines of the Robins Center.
As for the Rams, they fell to George Washington, 68-60, on Wednesday night, and now have lost seven straight games, and 10 of their last 11 overall.
Richmond owns a 10-7 lead in the all-time series with Fordham, and the Spiders have won the last five meetings. In last year's 102-58 victory over the Rams at the Robins Center, Richmond became the first Division I school to have at least 100 points, 30 assists and six or fewer turnovers in a conference game since the 1999-00 season.
Cedrick Lindsay scored 22 points for the Spiders in their 83-80 overtime win at home over St. Bonaventure. Lindsay went a perfect 14-of-14 from the free- throw line and dished out five assists, while Greg Robbins added 20 points while Kendall Anthony contributed 10. Richmond blew a 35-59 halftime lead, as the Bonnies finished regulation on a 16-6 run to force the extra session. Richmond used a 6-0 spurt late in overtime to pick up the hard-fought win.
Four players are averaging double figures for Richmond, led by Darien Brothers with 15.0 ppg. Brothers and second-leading scorer Anthony (12.6 ppg) can both inflict some damage from beyond the arc, where they have combined to sink 116- of-266 3-point attempts (.436). Lindsay (10.7 ppg, 3.0 apg) and Derrick Williams (12.4 ppg, team-best 5.9 rpg) have also been key contributors throughout the season. The Spiders average 69.6 ppg while allowing 66.2 ppg.
For the Rams, Chris Gaston recorded a team-high 14 points, six rebounds and five steals, but they still fell to George Washington on Wednesday. Brandon Frazier added 13 points and five assists, Travion Leonard chipped in 12 points, and Mandell Thomas contributed 10 points for Fordham. The Rams lost despite GW failing to make a single 3-pointer and going 12-of-26 at the free- throw line after the break. The Rams committed 22 turnovers, and were outscored in the paint, 44-20.
The Rams have struggled this season primarily because they have been woeful at the defensive end. Fordham is last in the conference with a horrid -11.0 scoring margin by allowing foes to net a staggering 76.0 ppg. Only 10 teams at the Division I level are allowing more points. Frazier and Gaston are the only double-digit performers, both averaging 14.5 ppg. Gaston (7.8 rpg) has missed more than half the season, but he returned against Butler and was a welcome addition to the frontcourt. Still, depth behind those two is scarce. Thomas and Bryan Smith are the next closest scorers at 9.0 and 7.9 ppg, respectively.
Although the Spiders have had no success on the road in A-10 play this season, look for that to change as they should be able to handle the Rams.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Richmond 75, Fordham 63
02/23 10:47:48 ET