Richmond rallies past Arizona State to reach NIT quarters
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Kendall Anthony wasn’t ready for his college career to be over.
Richmond’s lone senior scored seven of his 21 points in overtime after the Spiders rallied late in regulation and Richmond beat Arizona State 76-70 on Sunday night in the second round of the NIT.
”I was just focused on winning,” Anthony said. ”You know in the back of your head if you lose this game, it’s over, and my teammates did a good job of coming up in big times and scoring. … I think they played for me, too, so that was big.”
The Spiders (21-13) trailed for most of the second half before pulling even on a free throw by T.J. Cline with 1:05 to play. The Sun Devils (18-16) had three chances to win it, and the Spiders had one, but they all missed and headed for overtime.
In the extra period, Terry Allen hit a 3-pointer to put Richmond ahead 63-62, and Anthony followed with a basket. After Gerry Blakes’ third 3-pointer of the game tied it, the 5-foot-8 Anthony hit his third over 6-foot-7 Jonathan Gilling, and was fouled.
”I just saw him back up a little bit and I got enough space to get my shot off,” Anthony said of the four-point play. ”Fortunately for us, he went under me. It was a lucky play.”
Blakes followed with another 3-pointer for the Sun Devils, but ShawnDre’ Jones barely beat the shot clock with a baseline floater for the Spiders, and Anthony followed a dunk by Shaquielle McKissic with a free throw to make it 72-70.
”It was a 15-round heavyweight fight and in the end, they landed a few more punches than we did,” Sun Devils coach Herb Sendek said. ”We had an opportunity to win at the end of regulation and we didn’t score. That’s how it goes.”
Cline added 19 points, Allen had 17, all after halftime, and 10 rebounds and Jones scored 15 for the Spiders, who will host Miami on Tuesday night with the winner earning a spot in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden.
They will head into the game against the Hurricanes having won eight of their last nine.
”The great thing about this team is that we never hang our heads,” Cline said. ”We had all these close losses that prepared us for the end and now we’re hitting our stride and playing with confidence.”
Blakes scored 19 points, McKissic had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Savon Goodman had 14 points and 17 rebounds.
The Sun Devils, who won at 2014 national champion Connecticut in the first round, outrebounded Richmond 46-30, including 15 offensive boards, but converted them into just 13 points. The Spiders scored 16 off the Sun Devils’ 15 turnovers.