(Richmond, VA) – Shane Gibson (Killingly, CT) scored a game-high 26 points, but the Richmond Spiders controlled the game behind a 24-3 start to beat the Sacred Heart Men's Basketball team 83-58 Saturday night at the Robins Center in the second game of the Cancun Challenge.
Darien Brothers led the Spiders in the first half with 17 points on 7-8 shooting. However, the Pioneers inched closer beginning with an 11-3 run about eight minutes in, sparked by solid rebounding and a couple of field goals by Nick Greenbacker (Coventry, CT).
With about six minutes remaining in the first half, the Pioneers stepped up their pressure on defense, holding the Spiders to a single field goal over a span of about five minutes. In the final three-and-half minutes, Gibson, Justin Swidowski (Cinniminson, NJ), and Steven Glowiak (New Britain, CT) combining for five steals and seven points off those turnovers. Femi Akinpetide (Sydney, Australia) hit a jumper with five seconds left after a steal by Glowiak and a rebound by Gibson, and it appeared the Pioneers would go to the half trailing by only six. However, Brothers heaved a desperation shot about 75 feet that banked in for an incredible three-quarters court three-pointer to give Richmond a 41-32 halftime lead.
In the second half, Kendall Anthony lit up the scoring sheet with 18 points after being held scoreless in the first. He went 4-6 from behind the arc in the second, opening up looks for forward Derrick Williams to put up 10 second-half points on his way to a double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds).
The Pioneers shot 30.8 % from the field in the second half, getting only as close as 7 before the Spiders went on a 13-2 run to open up an 18-point lead with 11:43 to go.
Sacred Heart is now 2-2 overall, and looks to get back over .500 in Cancun as their nine-day trip continues in Mexico when the Pioneers take on Hampton Tuesday, November 22 at 4:00 p.m.