RICHMOND, Va. — Kendall Anthony scored 21 points and Richmond hung on in the final minute to beat No. 13 Massachusetts 58-55 on Wednesday night.
Anthony made his first four 3-point attempts for Richmond (13-6, 3-1 Atlantic 10), including one from the right side after the Minutemen had closed to within 52-48 with 4:10 remaining.
Sampson Carter had 15 points to lead UMass (16-2, 3-1). He made a 3-pointer with 2:26 to play, and when Cady Lalanne followed a Richmond miss with a dunk, the Minutemen were within 55-53 with 38.3 seconds to play.
Cedrick Lindsay made one of two free throws with 26.7 seconds to go, giving the Spiders a three-point lead, but after UMass star Chaz Williams had his driving layup attempt blocked by Alonzo Nelson-Adoda, Trey Davis scored for the Minutemen with 11.3 seconds to play, making it a one-point game.
Richmond’s Trey Davis then hit Lindsay with a long inbounds pass over Williams, who fouled him, sending Lindsay toppling over the advertising barrier under the basket. Lindsay then made both free throws, and when Williams’ long 3-point try at the other end was off the mark, the Spiders had escaped.
It was the fifth victory in the last six home games against ranked teams for Richmond.
Massachusetts had its six-game winning streak end, but once again made it interesting. Of their six previous victories in a row, four had come by five points or less, three after late rallies.
But Lindsay, the Spiders’ scoring leader with a 19.1 average, hit 3-of-4 free throws in the last half-minute to help secure the victory. He finished with 11 points.
Williams, averaging 16.3 points, had just two at halftime and finished with eight.
Richmond led 14-13 when two free throws by Derrick Williams sparked a 12-4 run for the Spiders. Lindsay followed with his only field goal of the half, and after Trey Davis and Williams scored for the Minutemen, Anthony scored eight straight on a three-point play, and jumper and a 3-pointer.
The Minutemen’s Williams, a preseason favorite as the league player of the year, missed six of seven shots in the half, scored just two points and had two assists.
Lindsay missed five of his six shots, also scored just two points in the half and was called for two fouls.
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