DENVER -- Richmond advances to its first Sweet 16 since 1988, beating No. 13 seed Morehead State 65-48. The Spiders were led by forward Justin Harper, who had 19 points and six rebounds. Guard Kevin Anderson had 14 points while center Dan Geriot had 13 points and seven rebounds. Kenneth Faried had 11 points and 13 rebounds, but had trouble facing double-teams in Richmond’s match-up zone.
Turning point: Geriot buried a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 56-43 with 4:30 left, and it signaled the end for Morehead State. The Eagles’ band members who began the game chanting, “We believe,” began chanting “We still believe” after the play.
Key player: Harper, Richmond’s leading scorer, was 9-for-18 from the field and found his shooting touch after struggling against Vanderbilt. At 6-foot-10, Harper is dangerous with his jump shot and kept working when Faried battled with him inside. He came up wincing on one play after Faried blocked his shot in a vicious collision, but Harper came back to score on the ensuing possession.
Key stat: Morehead State point guard Demonte Harper, after hitting the game-winning 3-pointer in an upset against Louisville, was held to four points on 2-for-15 shooting. He missed all six of his 3-point attempts. Despite 11 rebounds and four assists, the senior had a forgettable day.
Miscellaneous: Geriot was wonderful, as he stood tall in the face of Faried in the post and also shot the ball well, finishing 6-for-10 from the field. When the double-team came against Faried, it bothered him and he had trouble at times passing out of it. As a result, Morehead State was never able to find its rhythm on offense.
What’s next: Richmond moves on to the Sweet 16 in San Antonio to face the winner of the Kansas-Illinois game.