- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — VCU may have lost more than just a game against crosstown rival Richmond on Saturday.

Richmond’s Kendall Anthony scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half as Richmond made an emphatic rally to upset VCU 64-55 on Saturday.

But more concerning for the Rams was the fate of starting point guard and defensive linchpin Briante Weber, who landed awkwardly with three minutes remaining and spent the rest of the game on crutches with ice on his right knee.

Briante came down awkwardly on his knee,” VCU coach Shaka Smart said after the game. “I didn’t see how he came down, but he hurt his knee on the landing. He’s been looked at by our trainer and our team doctor and they’re working on getting him an MRI right now. I can’t tell you exactly what the diagnosis is. We’re hopeful that it’s something that he can come back from.”

VCU entered Saturday on a 12-game winning streak, and a win over Richmond would have matched its best stretch in Smart’s tenure. The Rams started off right on track with Weber playing his usual marauding role at the top of their Havoc press.

VCU (17-4, 7-1 Atlantic 10) led by as many as 11 points in the first half, but Richmond wasted no time in cutting into the lead. ShawnDre’ Jones made a 3-pointer and Alonzo Nelson-Ododa put back his own miss to cut the lead to 28-22 at the break.

The Spiders (12-9, 5-3 A10) picked up where they left off, with T.J. Cline making two 3-pointers and Terry Allen adding one as part of a 22-4 run spanning both halves that opened up a 39-32 Richmond lead. Terry Larrier ended that run with a driving baseline layup and drew a foul in the process, but missed the free throw.

Anthony took over from there, scoring the Spiders’ next eight points and 16 of their next 18.

“They really came at us in the second half,” Smart said. “We had defended very well in the first half, but did not have the same energy and aggressiveness in the second half. We played with a lot of avoidance in the second half, and we can’t be good like that, particularly with our style of play.”

The Spiders awoke on offense with execution and aggression, keeping in control against the Rams’ pressure. They turned the ball over just 12 times, six fewer than VCU’s average, and won the rebounding battle 39-27.

“Right from the beginning today, the first few shots that went up, we had guys in white jerseys with their hands above the rim snatching rebounds,” Richmond coach Chris Mooney said. “We had some guys come up with some really big rebounds.”

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