First-half score: Richmond – 29, George Washington – 28
Analysis: The Colonials jumped out to a 12-6 lead, thanks to good post play. Then Alonzo Nelson-Ododa once again found himself in foul trouble, as he picked up his second foul midway through the half. The refs called a very tight game, and both teams reached the bonus by the 8:35 mark. George Washington was the better team at the foul line, going 9-15 to Richmond’s 5-11. Without Richmond’s defensive anchor, the Colonials’ interior domination continued, and they finsihed the half with 11 offensive rebounds and an 28-17 rebounding advantage over the Spiders. Isiah Armwood, who had eight points and three rebounds, and Kevin Laursen, who scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds, led the Colonials’ interior domination. Terry Allen was the one Spider who found success against George Washington’s size. Allen leads the Spiders with nine points, most of which came down low, and grabbed three rebounds. After a quiet opening 15 minutes, Anthony got on the board in a loud manner, scoring five quick points to give Richmond it’s first lead of the game at 26-25. He finished the half with seven points. ShawnDre Jones, who scored seven, hit a tear drop in the final seconds to give the Spiders their lead.
What to look for in the second half: After being held scoreless for the first 15 minutes, Anthony scored seven quick points to ignite the Spiders’ comeback. This is a great sign for the Spiders heading into the half, and as Anthony has shown recently, he oftentimes plays better in the second half. Richmond needs, absolutely needs, to do better on the defensive glass in the second half. Getting Nelson-Ododa back should help, but he’s a quick foul away from finding himself back on the bench. It sounds cheesey, but the Spiders will need a collective effort to do better in the next 20 minutes.