RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Massachusetts has made a habit recently of winning close games in the final minutes.
Kendall Anthony, Cedrick Lindsay and Richmond didn’t let it happen Wednesday night, making a second-half run stand up and ending the No. 13 Minutemen’s six-game winning streak, 58-55.
Anthony scored 21 points and Lindsay, in foul trouble all night, had six in a row midway through the second half, and then converted 3 of 4 free throws in the final 27 seconds to clinch it.
UMass start Chaz Williams blamed himself for allowing Anthony to get going early.
“He’s pretty good. When he’s playing like that, he’s even better,” Williams said after Anthony hit his first four 3-point attempts. “We came out a little lackadaisical on defense, myself included.”
During its winning streak, UMass had four wins by five points or less, and three after late rallies.
Coach Derek Kellogg, though, tried to keep everything in perspective, especially when it’s still so early in the season in the Atlantic 10, a league that once again looks very deep and talented.
“Hey, listen,” he said. “When teams are rushing the floor after you play them and it sounds like they won the Super Bowl in their locker room, you’re going to be in for some tough games in our conference.”
Tougher still when Williams, averaging 16.3 points, makes only 2 of 11 shots.
“It was just one of those days,” Williams said.
Anthony’s last 3-pointer for Richmond (13-6, 3-1 Atlantic 10) came from the right side after the Minutemen had closed to within 52-48 with 4:10 remaining.
Sampson Carter had 15 points to lead UMass (16-2, 3-1). He made a 3-pointer with 2:26 to play, and when Cady Lalanne followed a Richmond miss with a dunk, it was 55-53 with 38.3 seconds to play.
Lindsay made one of two free throws with 26.7 seconds to go, giving the Spiders a three-point lead, but after Williams had his driving layup attempt blocked by Alonzo Nelson-Adoda, Trey Davis scored off the rebound for the Minutemen with 11.3 seconds to play, making it a one-point game.
Richmond’s Trey Davis then hit Lindsay with a long inbounds pass over Williams, who fouled him, sending Lindsay toppling over the advertising barrier under the basket. Lindsay then made both free throws, and when Williams’ long 3-point try at the other end was off the mark, the Spiders had escaped.
It was the fifth victory in the last six home games against ranked teams for Richmond.