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“The second half, I got in a little groove,” Brandenberg said.

Cedrick Lindsay had a career-high 22 points, 17 in the first half, for Richmond. Anthony, UR’s leading scorer, was 1 of 8 in the first half. He scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half to spearhead Richmond’s comeback.

“They played much better than us tonight,” Spiders coach Chris Mooney said. “The game went their way. I wished we would have played better. We need to shoot a little bit better in order to stop some of the runs they had.”

UR was 17 of 47 (36.2 percent) and 4 of 20 on 3-pointers. The Spiders had 17 turnovers, and Smart thought the cumulative effect of VCU’s pressure wore down UR and helped with the final surge.

“I’m really proud of the effort,” Smart said. “We talked about the fact we had to have a relentless effort on both ends of the floor for 40 minutes.”

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