Strong second-half start spurs Spiders

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond guard Cedrick Lindsay spent the entire first half looking for his scoring touch.

It took him just 13 seconds into the second half to find it.

Lindsay's driving layup fueled a 9-0 run in the opening 2:59 of the second half and the Spiders surged past Old Dominion 67-58 on Saturday night at the Robins Center.

With his team down by a point at halftime, Lindsay, who was held scoreless in the first half, delivered a layup and a runner. Guard Kendall Anthony capped the run with a 3-pointer that induced Old Dominion coach Jeff Jones to call timeout with 17:01 remaining.

"The last thing that was said in the locker room coming out was they're going to go for the knockout punch right now," Jones said. "They're going to attack us, especially Lindsay. That was pretty accurate."

A few minutes later, after the Monarchs had cut their deficit to four, Lindsay scored on a spinning layup, then stole the inbounds pass and converted two free throws to boost the Spiders' lead back to eight. Old Dominion couldn't get closer than seven points in the final 14 minutes.

Lindsay downplayed his second-half surge, suggesting that he simply took what Old Dominion's defense presented. But Spiders coach Chris Mooney said it was more a matter of Lindsay sensing his team needed a spark.

"I think Ced was somewhat frustrated with how they were defending him in the first half, really keying on him," Mooney said. "But I definitely noticed an uptick in his aggressiveness, and I thought he was just incredible in the second half."

Lindsay, who came in averaging 18.6 points per game, finished with 19 points and seven assists. Anthony added 17 points for the Spiders (9-4), who rebounded from a 70-69 overtime loss to Ohio last Sunday.

Guard Aaron Bacote had 20 points and freshman forward Denzell Taylor chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Monarchs (5-8), who were unable to get their transition game going and hurt themselves with 17 turnovers. Richmond had eight steals and produced 17 points off Old Dominion's mistakes.

"We knew it would be a struggle to score against their matchup zone," Jones said. "Clearly, our turnovers, their steals leading to easy scores, that was the difference in the contest."

That and an energized Lindsay.

Balanced scoring helped Old Dominion to a 25-24 halftime edge as guard Ambrose Mosley scored six points and four other Monarchs had four apiece.

The Spiders, meanwhile, got a boost from Anthony, whose defense and 3-point shooting ignited Richmond after a sluggish start. His back-to-back 3-pointers wiped out an early 12-9 Old Dominion advantage.

Later, Anthony poked the ball away from Bacote near midcourt, then caught a return pass from Lindsay for an uncontested fast-break layup to put the Spiders ahead 22-19.

The Monarchs quickly returned fire, though, as 3-pointers from guard Dimitri Batten and Mosley nudged Old Dominion in front 25-22. A layup from Richmond forward Terry Allen got the Spiders to within a point. Neither team scored in the final 3:06.

Anthony scored 10 points in the first half to lead Richmond, which shot 35.7 percent and connected on just 3 of 14 3-point attempts.

NOTES: The Monarchs had lost eight straight in the Robins Center. Their last road win against Richmond came on Jan. 4, 1997. ... Last season, the Spiders crushed the Monarchs 80-53 in Norfolk, dealing Old Dominion its worst loss ever at Constant Center. ... Richmond made just one of its first six free throws and trailed by just a point at halftime despite a zero-point, 0-of-5 shooting effort from Lindsay, who came in as the Atlantic 10's second-leading scorer at 18.6 points per game. Lindsay did have five assists.

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