Team RankingPTS/GOPP PTS/G
Atlantic 10 69.6 (11th)74.9 (12th)
Division I277th243rd

Spiders report: Strategy and personnel

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Getting inside · Notes, quotes · Strategy and personnel


--vs. Saint Bonaventure, Feb. 20

Two big men who will make money playing this game someday -- Richmond's 6-foot-10 Justin Harper and St. Bonaventure's 6-10 Andrew Nicholson -- will match wits in this ballgame. Nicholson, like Harper, is likely to find his name on the A-10's first-team all-league squad in a few weeks.

Richmond had won 20 games through Feb. 13 -- nothing to sneeze at, to be sure -- but the Spiders do miss David Gonzalvez's ability to guard on the perimeter and his penchant for hitting big shots. The Spiders struggle to rebound the ball (minus-3.0 rebounds per game through Feb. 13), and part of the reason is that they miss Gonzalvez's ability to cut off dribble penetration by opposing guards. When opponents are able to dribble-penetrate against Richmond, it forces the team's big men to play help defense, leaving weak-side rebounding wide open for the taking. So, one of the things to watch in the coming weeks is to see whether Richmond's still-young shooting guards, Darien Brothers and Cedrick Lindsay, can do a better job of containing foes as they attempt to dribble-drive.


--Senior F Justin Harper should move into the top 20 on Richmond's all-time scoring list in the Feb. 20 game against St. Bonaventure. His 14 points against Temple on Feb. 17 left him with 1,277 for his career, two behind Kenny Foster, who currently sits at No. 20 on the list.

--Senior F Kevin Smith did not score and took just one shot against Temple, ending a two-game streak of scoring in double figures. He had a good game finding the open man, however, finishing with seven assists and just one turnover.

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