Richmond used a dominating second half to break open a close game and make coach Chris Mooney a winner in his return to Colorado Springs, Colo., as the Spiders earned an 83-60 victory over Air Force on Wednesday.
The Spiders led 31-26 at the half, but Air Force (3-3) came back to tie the game at 35. Richmond 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) some breathing room.
Anthony, who set his career high with 31 points against the Falcons a year ago, had another strong game with 19 points and four assists off the bench. Forward Terry Allen also had 19, 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.