The Richmond Spiders try to win their third straight when they face the James Madison Dukes Saturday.
Richmond (5-2) has had a strong start to the season, highlighted by the narrow loss to North Carolina in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament, in which they led for much of the game. In their last outing on Wednesday, the Spiders throttled Air Force 83-60 behind a strong shooting day with 53 percent from the field and 55 percent from beyond the arc. Sophomore F Terry Allen had 19 points on 58 percent shooting and grabbed 7 rebounds, while junior G Kendall Anthony also scored 19 points and made 5 of 7 from distance. Senior G Cedrick Lindsay added 16 points and 9 assists on 50 percent shooting. Through seven games, Richmond is averaging 70.9 ppg on 42 percent from the field and Lindsay leads the team in scoring at 18.3 points per contest.
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James Madison comes in with a record of 2-5 and off their third straight loss 69-57 to Winthrop Wednesday, in which they shot just 33 percent from the field and 20 percent from beyond the arc. Freshman G Jackson Kent had a game-high 16 points on 50 percent shooting and made 2 of 5 from distance. Sophomore F Taylor Bessick added 8 points and 13 boards, while sophomore G Charles Cooke had 12 points, 9 rebounds and made 8 of 10 from the stripe. Through seven games, the Dukes are averaging 59.9 ppg on 40 percent shooting and Cooke leads the team with 12.9 ppg.
Richmond is currently a 14.5 point home favorite in this one and James Madison has gotten beatdown pretty good in each of their five losses, the closest being an 11-point loss to Milwaukee. Richmond, meanwhile, has continued to impress since the Carolina game and should cover here.
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