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Owls Fall to the Spiders, 74-43

   

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Lawrence Ghoram
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Jan. 3, 2009

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RICHMOND, Va. - David Gonzalvez scored 20 points, knocking down 4-of-6 three-pointers, and Richmond's defense forced 20 turnovers as the Spiders defeated Rice 74-43 Saturday afternoon in the Robins Center.

Leading 13-11 early in the game, Richmond forced six turnovers and held the Owls to a pair of shots during a 16-0 run that put allowed the Spiders to sprint out in front, 29-11 with 7:52 to play in the half. Francis Cedric Martel came off the bench to knockd down a three-pointer to start the rally while Justin Harper's trey from the top of the key capped the rally.

Rice would finally end the drought with a three-point play by Suleiman Braimoh before Richmond extended its lead to 35-14 with a pair of Gonzalvez three-pointers.

Richmond would lead 37-17 at intermission as Harper put back a missed three-pointer by Kevin Anderson to beat the horn at halftime.

Harper added 16 points for Richmond, going 5-for-10 from the field including a 4-for-7 day from three-point range. He also had a career-high nine rebounds.

Richmond benefited from scoring 33 points off the Owls' 20 turnovers. Rice struggled to shoot 33 percent from the field. The Spiders entered the game as one of the nation's top shooting teams and connected on 50.9 percent of their attempts against Rice.

Lawrence Ghoram scored 10 points to lead the Owls. Braimoh added seven points on 3-for-5 shooting and blocked a pair of shots.

Rice, now 5-9, opens Conference USA play Saturday when the Owls travel Tulane. Richmond improved to 8-6 with the win and travels to George Washington Saturday.

 

 

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