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Richmond 68, Hampton 58

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Junior guard Cedrick Lindsay keyed a 7-0 run midway through the second half and Richmond pulled away to beat a stubborn Hampton squad 68-58 on Thursday in a non-conference game between state foes.

Lindsay hit two free throws to give the Spiders a 47-37 lead with 12:17 left in the game to end a Spider spurt. He then hit a basket to make it 51-40 and his two free throws gave Richmond a 56-40 advantage with 7:59 left after a cold-shooting first half.

The Spiders (3-0), with their Princeton offense, got 19 points from Darien Brothers. Hampton (0-2) was paced by Dwight Meikle, who had 14 points and 10 rebounds, but the Pirates lost steam after trailing 34-28 at halftime.

Emmanuel Okoroba came off the bench to score 10 for the Pirates and Deron Powers also had 10.

It was the third game in six days for Richmond while Hampton, which uses several freshmen in its rotation, was playing for the first time since Sunday.

Brothers had eight points in the first half as Richmond built a 34-28 lead despite making 12 of 32 shots from the field.

The Pirates, who made 10 turnovers in the first half, got six points from Powers and five each from Meikle and reserve Ramon Mercado before the break.

Richmond made five of its first nine shots in the first half and led 13-5. But Hampton went on an 11-1 run to take a 16-14 lead with 10:38 left in the first half on two free throws by Meikle.

But Brothers made a basket to give the Spiders a 22-20 lead and seconds later Hampton's Du'Vaughn Maxwell was called for a technical for hanging on the rim after a missed dunk. Brothers hit two free throws with 6:46 left in the first half to give the Spiders a 24-20 lead.

The Spiders built their lead to 31-20 on a basket by Wayne Sparrow before Powers, from Williamsburg, scored to snap the 11-0 run. The Pirates made 11 of 13 free throws in the first half to stay close to the hosts.

Richmond has not started the season 3-0 since 2006. Hampton started three freshmen in its previous game and started two Thursday: Powers and Meikle.

NOTES: It was the fifth meeting ever between the two schools, both of whom made the NCAA tournament in 2010. ... Hampton was just 1-13 on the road last season and began this season with a loss Sunday at William & Mary. ... Hampton plays Tuesday at Ohio while Richmond is on the road at Minnesota on Sunday. ... Hampton lost to the Spiders 72-51 last November in the Cancun Challenge as Darien Brothers had 15 points and Kendall Anthony had 14 for Richmond. ... The Spiders entered Thursday with a record of 42-8 in its last 50 home games. ... Hampton returns just one starter from a team that was 11-21 overall last season. The Pirates were picked to finish fifth this season in the MEAC while the Spiders were pegged for 10th in the 16-team Atlantic 10.
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