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Richmond (18-10) at Rhode Island (12-17)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 1, 2 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Thomas M. Ryan Center (7,657) -- Kingston, Rhode Island. Television: None. Home Record: Richmond 12-3, URI 8-6. Away Record: Richmond 5-6, URI 3-11. Neutral Record: Richmond 1-1, URI 1-0. Conference Record: Richmond 8-5, URI 3-11. Series Record: Richmond leads, 13-6.

GAME NOTES: The Richmond Spiders will try to enhance their resume as they visit the Thomas M. Ryan Center for an Atlantic 10 Conference bout against the Rhode Island Rams.

Since winning two NCAA Tournament games in 2011, Richmond has failed to reach the Big Dance in back-to-back seasons. Coach Chris Mooney's team has a chance of reaching the NCAA Tournament this season as it owns an 18-10 overall record with the conference tournament just around the corner. The Spiders have some work to do though, especially since they are coming off a surprising, 69-60, loss to the George Mason Patriots, who had just two wins in league action entering the contest. Richmond can not afford to stumble in Kingston since its final two regular season games are versus formidable opponents in Virginia Commonwealth and Dayton.

The Rams have lost seven of their last eight games, however they have shown toughness over their last three. In its last home game, Rhode Island lost by just three points to a talented Saint Joseph's unit. Coach Dan Hurley's squad then began a two-game road trip with a nine-point triumph over St. Bonaventure before a hard-fought 70-67 loss to Massachusetts on Wednesday. The Rams are five games below the .500 mark on the campaign and own a 3-11 A-10 ledger.

This will be the 20th matchup between Richmond and URI in history. In the most recent encounter, the Spiders edged the Rams, 64-61, last season in Virginia.

The Spiders were held under their season average of 68.8 ppg by GMU on Wednesday in large part due to a slow start. Richmond was held to just 24.1 percent efficiency from the floor, including a 2-of-12 clip from 3-point range in the first half by the Patriots. Kendall Anthony scored 19 of his 23 points after the intermission to help the Spiders outscore GMU by 12 points over the final 20 minutes of the contest, but it was too little too late. Since Cedrick Lindsay went down with a knee injury, Anthony has served as Richmond's primary option on the offensive end and risen his scoring average to 16 ppg. Terry Allen is the second-leading scorer among active players at 9.1 ppg, while Trey Davis is pacing the team on the boards with 6.8 rpg.

URI jumped out to an early 21-8 advantage over the Minutemen, but could not hold off Chaz Williams and company down the stretch. The Rams shot an even 50 percent from the floor, marking the fourth time in five games they have made at least half of their field goal tries. Gilvydas Biruta had a strong showing with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Xavier Munford, who is netting a team-best 16.6 ppg, contributed 16 points, while E.C. Matthews and Hassan Martin had 14 and 13 points, respectively. Matthews is a leading candidate to win the A-10 Rookie of the Year award as he is one of just two freshmen in Division I basketball with eight 20-point outings since January.

All the pressure is on Richmond as the Rams are returning home with nothing to lose. URI is more than capable of knocking off the Spiders, but Anthony's ability to take over a game may help the visitors come out on top.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Rhode Island 71, Richmond 68

03/01 11:04:15 ET

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