The Spiders triumphed against the AP Top 10 sides on the road for the first time ever. After 25 losses in such situations, Richmond finally posted a victory, and to make it even greater, it took place at the famous Rupp Arena.
Kentucky was ahead at halftime, 32-28, but that was just a temporary lead, with the match being close since the tip-off. A 7-0 run early in the second saw the Spiders taking over the wheel, and from that moment on, the tide was on their side. Richmond slowly started pulling away, making a 19-5 rush that propelled them to a 58-46 lead with 7:49 to go.
The home team managed to get under 10 points with three and a half minutes left, 63-54, but it turned out that it was their last kick, after which John Calipari’s boys surrendered.
It is unbelievable to see, but the Wildcats had a 54-31 edge in rebounds, with 21 of their boards coming on the offensive side of the court. On the opposite end, the Spiders had only 6. However, the underdogs made a difference in other aspects of the game.
Kentucky had 21 turnovers, Richmond 10; host recorded five assists, and Spiders 15. However, the biggest distinction was in three-pointers, with the home team not hitting a single downtown shot, 0-for-10. They would allow the rivals to score seven, which happened to be the biggest factor in Wildcats’ loss.
Brandon Boston Jr. scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds for Kentucky, while Olivier Sarr added one more double-double, 17 buckets, and 11 boards. Terrence Clarke added 15.
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Blake Francis and Nathan Cayo shared a team-high for the guests, both with 18 points. Francis had three steals and three threes made, while Cayo added six boards. Grant Golden scored 13 points with seven rebounds and five assists in 20 minutes. Tyler Burton delivered 11 buckets.
The Spiders are 2-0 this year, and now jump to Charleston. In their opening game of the campaign, Richmond was better than Morehead State Eagles, 82-64.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats have a very rough challenge coming up, as they meet the Kansas Jayhawks at the Champions Classic. Following tonight’s loss, they will slip out from the AP Top 10.