Richmond used a dominating second half Wednesday night to beat the Air Force Academy 83-60, making Spiders coach Chris Mooney a winner in his return to Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Spiders led 31-26 at the half, but Air Force (3-3) came back to tie the game at 35. UR used a 9-2 run to take the lead for good.
Air Force was within 52-46 after a jumper by guard Tre' Coggins with 10:23 to play, but a 3-pointer by Richmond guard Kendall Anthony sparked a 17-5 run that brought the Spiders (5-2) breathing room.
Anthony had 19 points and four assists off the bench. Forward Terry Allen also had 19 points, while guard Cedrick Lindsay finished with 16 points and nine assists.
Coggins led Air Force with 16 points, and forward Marek Olesinski added 14. The Falcons shot 46.5 percent from the field but went 4-for-13 from 3-point range and turned the ball over 15 times.
The Spiders hit 54.7 percent of their shots, including 10 of 18 3-point attempts.
Mooney was an assistant coach at Air Force for four seasons, then was the head coach for the 2004-05 campaign before leaving to take the Richmond job.
Winthrop 69, James Madison 57
The short-handed Dukes (2-5) lost their third game in a row, often threatening in the second half but never catching the Eagles in Rock Hill, S.C.
Andre Smith scored 13 points, Joab Jerome 11 and Tevin Prescott 10 for Winthrop, which overcame a 7-0 deficit and led throughout the second half.
JMU, missing starters Andrey Semenov to an ankle injury and Andre Nation to a 15-game suspension for violating team policies, was led by freshman Jackson Kent with 16 points, sophomore Ron Curry with 15 points and Charles Cooke with 12.
Bridgewater 78, The College of New Jersey 68
Ed Reddick scored 17 of her 24 points in the second half as the Eagles (2-1) overcame a 27-20 deficit to beat the Lions (0-5) in Ewing, N.J.
Tavis Stapleton added 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals for Bridgewater.
For the Virginia Tech women, Wednesday afternoon provided an unwanted flashback to recent years' offensive woes.
Richmond (2-4) beat Virginia Tech 64-56 at Cassell Coliseum, ending the Hokies' season-opening winning streak at five games.
Uju Ugoka had 27 points and 17 rebounds and freshman Vanessa Panousis had 19 points for Tech. Those two were a combined 14-of-30 from the field, but their teammates were 3-of-32. Tech had scored at least 70 points in its first five games, the Hokies' longest such streak in nine seasons.
UR, which trailed 11-4, went ahead for good with a 10-1 burst for a 24-16 lead. Tech cut the margin to 59-56 on Ugoka's free throw with 1:36 remaining but missed its final four field-goal attempts. Three free throws by Genevieve Okoro and two from Olivia Healy clinched the Spiders' victory.
Janelle Hubbard scored 15 points and Keri Soppe 12 for Richmond, which is 2-0 against the ACC -- usually one of the nation's best conferences -- but 0-4 against other teams. UR beat Miami 57-50, a game in which Hurricanes freshman Adrienne Motley was 0-for-6 with five turnovers in 28 minutes, but has lost to James Madison, Alabama Birmingham, Georgetown and North Carolina A&T. ...
Kelly Gramlich scored the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:28 remaining, and host Clemson (3-3) held off a late rally by Radford to prevail 41-39.
Radford (2-4) received nine points each from Breshana Gordon, who hit three free throws with 1 second left, and Ayana Avery.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun