Defense Delivers for Richmond

Defense Delivers for Richmond

He's a freshman. But Cedrick Lindsay, standing in the University of Richmond's jubilant and crowded locker room Saturday, knew enough to pinpoint why the Spiders easily handled Morehead State 65-48 in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

"Our guys have the basketball knowledge to know where to be," Lindsay said.

Richmond shared the ball so well against an aggressive zone that it consistently found the soft spots. Senior forward Justin Harper (19 points) and senior center Dan Geriot (13) combined to make 15 of 28 shots from the field, most on midrange jumpers.

Out of their matchup zone defense, the Spiders double-teamed Eagles star Kenneth Faried every time he touched the ball in the low post, the preferred position for the 6-foot-8 leaper to strike. Faried scored 11 points, seven fewer than his average, and a few of those came late in a game MSU never led.

 

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