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Rhode Island 66, Richmond 43

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Richmond picked a bad time to come up with its worst offensive game of the season, falling at Rhode Island 66-43 and putting a dent in its NCAA tournament hopes.

The Spiders (18-11, 8-6 Atlantic 10) lost their second game in a row and have dropped three of their last four.

Their offense was missing in action from the opening tip in this one. They shot 5 of 26 in the first half and trailed 31-15.

The totals didn't get much better in the second half, and the Spiders wound up hitting just 21.1 percent (12 of 57), including just 10.5 percent (2 of 19) from 3-point range. They had 11 shots blocked.

Rhode Island (13-17, 4-11) was led by guard E.C. Matthews, who had 19 points. Forwards Gilvydas Biruta (13 points and 10 rebounds) and Hassan Martin (10 points and 13 rebounds) each finished with double-doubles.

Forward Terry Allen scored 15 off the bench to lead the Spiders, but nobody else reached double figures. Guard Kendall Anthony missed 18 of his 20 shots and finished with eight points.

Rhode Island guard Xavier Munford finished with 15 points and reached the 1,000-point mark on a layup with 8:09 to play. With just 59 games in a Rhode Island uniform, he reached the milestone more quickly than anyone else in school history. Tyson Wheeler did it in 67 games.
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