- Richmond slowed the game down and controlled the tempo.
- Duquesne had the superior athletes, but Richmond had the better coached basketball team tonight. My hat is off to Richmond head coach Chris Mooney he has done a great job of coaching a young team, his players made smart decisions and rarely made mental mistakes. Richmond is the kind of team you see during warm ups and you say to yourself "Duquesne is going to run away with this game" but Richmond overcame their lack of strength by playing smart team basketball. The Spiders are going to be a very tough team the next few seasons as their players mature and continue to gel.
- Richmond did not have a post player who could match up with Shawn James or Kieron Achara, but the Spiders were able to stifle the Dukes' big men all night be playing aggressive defense before Achara or James could get their hands on the ball.
- Richmond made their shots tonight, that was the difference. The Spiders were 11-16 from 3 point land for a crazy 68% percentage. David Gonzalez, (who went to Notre Dame Prep) was 5-6 from beyond the arch. Every time the Dukes got back into the game in the 2nd half the Spiders would nail a clutch 3. Richmond shot 51% from the field.
- In the 1st half Bill Clark was invisible but he came alive in the 2nd half, hitting a clutch 3 with 6 seconds left to cut the Richmond lead to 1.
I said it earlier this week, "Do not overlook Richmond. Do not overlook Richmond. Do not overlook Richmond." Well the Dukes clearly were not prepared for Richmond tonight. I honestly feel like Ron Everhart was out coached by Chris Mooney. Shawn James fought hard all night to get open in the post and his teammates simply refused to make a quality entry pass to him on the block.
I'll leave you with this quote:
"Getting behind against Richmond was the worst possible scenario on a basketball court. You get behind on a team like them and it's an uphill battle all the way with the treadmill on level 10 in terms of the incline. It was very difficult to come back against them."
Louisville Coach Rick Pitino