NCAA Scores: Richmond Hands Vanderbilt Loss Thanks to Kevin Anderson's Heroics
NCAA Scores Feature Another Second Round Upset As Richmond Takes Out Vanderbilt
Well in a day that's already featured a host of last-second finishes, it should be fitting that the afternoon session ended with another close game that came down to the wire.
Although compared to the earlier games of the day, No. 12 Richmond upsetting No. 5 Vanderbilt 69-66 in the Southwest region was somewhat anticlimactic. Part of it was because the Spiders just took the game over in the last 15 minutes and another part is that the Commodores couldn't even get a good look at the basket in their last two possessions.
It didn't look that way early in the second half, when the Commodores were on fire and led by nine in the second half.
But down nine, the Spiders turned it on when they needed it the most. Specifically, their two stars turned it on when they needed it the most.
Justin Harper hit a three before the first media timeout of the half to cut the lead to 48-42. Then Kevin Anderson took over, hitting threes on three straight possessions to turn a nine point deficit into a three-point lead.
Meanwhile the Spiders turned on the heat defensively on the Commodores. Darrius Garrett had four blocks and six rebounds, while Vanderbilt could only watch as Anderson hit big shot after big shot on his way to a game-high 25 points including an acrobatic fade-away floater in the final seconds.
Subsequently, Vanderbilt went from catching fire early on to barely getting a shot off in the last minutes after two awkward offensive possessions led to a turnover and a bad three-point attempt as time expired.
In the end, Richmond's win secures a lot of things: a 2-0 day for the Atlantic 10, a 12-13 matchup in the Round of 32 for the third time in four years, and yet another No. 12 seed beating a No. 5.
It also means that the SEC was a floater away from possibly going 0-2 against the Ivy League and Atlantic 10. And for a conference that we heard was much improved during the season, it's not exactly a flying start.
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