The Blue Hose closed out their pre-holiday slate with a 74-44 loss at Richmond Tuesday afternoon at Robins Center in Richmond, Va. In a first meeting between the two schools, DeSean Murray led the visitors with 13 points.
PC drops to 5-7 on the year while Richmond improves to 8-3. The Blue Hose take time off for the holiday break before heading to Milwaukee, Wisc., Dec. 27 to face Marquette. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.
Murray scored the game’s first two baskets as the Blue Hose opened up with a 4-0 lead. It was short-lived as Richmond, behind Deion Taylor and Khwan Fore three-pointers, recorded the next 11 points to open up an 11-4 lead, 15:21 on the clock.
An Ed Drew dunk sparked a 7-0 run by PC, capped by five more from Murray, to tie it up at 11-11, just a minute and a half later. Richmond responded with six straight to build the lead back up to six, 17-11, 10:48 on the clock.
A lay-up by Murray cut the deficit to four a minute later, but it was the Richmond offense that came out on top, outscoring PC 8-2 in the final six minutes to go to the locker room with the 34-21 lead.
A free throw by John Majors, II was the only points PC saw the opening four-and-a-half minutes as Richmond used a 12-1 run to storm out to a 46-24 lead at the 15:35 mark.
Markus Terry ended the scoring drought with a basket at 15:22, before the Spiders extended the lead to 51-24, 13:31 to go.
After shooting 43.5% in the first half the Blue Hose hit in the upper 20's much of the second with Richmond leading by as much as 30, taking the 74-44 win.
Murray, led the Blue Hose with 13 points, followed by Reggie Dillard with 10 points. Drew pulled down a team-leading six rebounds. Terry Allen paced Richmond with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Stingy defense by Richmond led to a 22-14 Spider turnover advantage, resulting in a 24-4 differential in points off turnovers. PC finished the game with a 36% field goal percentage, compared to 53% for the Spiders.
Richmond hit six three-pointers, with PC connecting on two. Richmond had four more free throws, making 10-of-18, to PC’s six-of-13. The Spiders controlled the paint, 42-24, and had six more steals 11-5.