Final Score: University of Richmond- 84, Liberty University- 42
What Happened: The Spiders built a big lead early and just kept building on it. At no point did Liberty look like it would make the game competitive. Senior Darien Brothers led the way for Richmond with 19 points, including 4-5 from 3-point range, in just 24 minutes of action. Coach Chris Mooney was able to give Brothers and the rest of the starters a break because of the big lead, getting players such as walk-ons Zach Chu and Luke Moyer a rare chance at playing time. Five scholarship freshmen made their debuts for the Spiders, including centers Alonzo Ododa-Nelson and Luke Piotrowski and forwards Terry Allen, Deion Taylor and Trey Davis. Aside from Brothers, only two other Richmond players — Cedrick Lindsay (12 points) and Derrick Williams (11 points) — finished in double-digit figures. Williams finished with a double-double, adding 11 rebounds.
Spider Positives: Brothers was hitting from everywhere, and he looks like the perfect team leader to help bring along a team full of younger guys. Among the younger guys, Ododa-Nelson and Davis looked most ready to contribute immediately. The biggest positive for the Spiders was the solid defensive effort, forcing 18 turnovers. Defense was an issue at time for Richmond last season. UR also outrebounded the Flames, 48-30, and added 6 blocks.
Spider Negatives: Negatives are hard to find in such a dominating victory, but if I had to pick something, the 13 turnovers were probably a little higher than Mooney likes to see against a team like Liberty.
Up Next: The Spiders are back in the Robins Center on Tuesday to take on University of North Carolina-Wilmington. The game is set to tip-off at 7 p.m.
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