Richmond hits 16 threes in 87-57 win over McNeese

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RICHMOND, Virginia – McNeese and Richmond entered Friday’s contest as two of the NCAA’s top three-point shooting teams.

Richmond stayed true to that after knocking down 16 treys for 57 percent to lead it to an 87-57 win over McNeese in a regional game of the Legends Classic.

McNeese (2-5), who came into the game third in the nation in three-point field goal percentage at 45.3 percent, hit just 20 percent on the night behind 4 of 20 shooting. Meanwhile, the Spiders, ranked fourth in the country with 12.3 threes made per game, sank 16 in the game, including nine in the second half.

The Spiders (4-0) scored the final 13 points of the first half to take a 42-27 lead into the break after McNeese, who led by as many as eight point early, failed to score in the final 4:11 of the half after pulling to within 29-27 after a Leondre Washington driving layup.

The Cowboys looked sharp early on, building a 12-4 lead behind a couple of Dru Kuxhausen treys, but the Spiders quickly adjusted to the nation’s top three-point shooter and held the junior transfer to just one more make the rest of the game as he finished 3 of 6 from behind the arc and a total of nine points.

Washington led the Cowboys in scoring with 15 points while A.J. Lawson added 12. Sha’Markus Kennedy led the team with seven rebounds to go with eight points and three blocked shots.

McNeese shot just 38 percent from the floor (21 of 55) and was 11 of 14 from the free throw line.

Richmond, who is 4-0 for the first time since the mid-80s, had four players score in double figures, led by Blake Francis with 20 points. Nick Sherod added 17 points, Jacob Gilyard 15, and Grant Golden 10.

The Spiders connected on 56 percent from the field (31 of 55) and 9 of 10 at the free throw line.

McNeese, who has traveled nearly 9,000 miles in its first seven games of the season, will take a break from action for a few days before visiting Texas on Nov. 30 for a 1 p.m. game that will air live on the Longhorn Network. The Cowboys will begin a five-game home stand on Dec. 3 when they host Campbellsville-Harrodsburg.

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