The Richmond Spiders survived another cold night at the 3-point line to knock off the Belmont Bruins 69-61 on Monday.
The Spiders went 3-for-19 from beyond the arc in its season-opening win against the Delaware Blue Hens, and followed that up by going 3-for-21 against the Bruins. But Richmond went 21-for-37 from 2-point range, forced 16 turnovers and held Belmont to 4-for-18 from long range to overcome its outside shooting woes.
Forward Terry Allen led Richmond with 16 points, with guard Cedric Lindsay adding 15 and guard Kendall Anthony 14. Forward Trey Davis added 11 rebounds off the bench. Forwards Blake Jenkins and Drew Windler each had 13 to lead Belmont.
Belmont trailed 34-31 at halftime, but tied the game at 38 on a Windler free throw with 16:27 to play. That was the last time the Bruins managed to draw even, however, as the Spiders went on a 16-3 run to take control. The Bruins cut it to 58-54 with 2:40 to play, but Windler missed a 3-pointer with a chance to cut it to one. Instead, Richmond's Davis converted a three-point play on the other end.
Belmont again cut it to three at 64-61 with 27 seconds left, but Richmond iced the game by going 5-for-6 from the line down the stretch.