Darien Brothers stole the show for the Richmond Spiders on Saturday night. The senior scored a career high 39 points to lead the Spiders to a 81-61 rout of the Charlotte 49ers at the Robins Center, handing the Niners their first Atlantic 10 loss of the season.
It was clearly evident from the beginning that this was going to be one of those nights for Brothers: he scored the first 17 points for Richmond (12-7, 2-2 A-10). If that’s not enough, he made eight threes–tied for the best mark in school history. Before the Niners knew it, they were in a 11-1 hole. They would get as close as 17-11 in the early going, but Richmond was too much, pushing the lead to as much as 26-12 with 8:05 left in the frame and 38-23 with 3:22 left en route to a 38-28 lead at the break.
Charlotte (15-3, 3-1 A-10) looked to claw back, getting within 5 (44-39) with 15:36 left in the game, but Richmond responded with an 11-0 run, including two 3′s by Brothers and Deion Taylor. After the lead fluctuated between 13 and 16 points, the Niners had one last gasp in them–cutting it to 68-56 with 2:31 left, but a 12-0 Spider run extinguished any hopes of an improbable comeback.
Al in all, Charlotte’s offense looked out of sorts. Every time they had a chance to steal the momentum, they would commit untimely turnovers (17 total) which more often than not led to more Spider points. They weren’t really able to exploit Richmond in the paint (although they did outscore them inside 34-20)
Brothers’ line looked like this: 10-14 from the field, 8-11 from 3, 11-12 from the free throw line. Deion Taylor (13) and Kendall Anthony (12) were the other double digit scorers for Richmond. Brothers also led the way with eight rebounds. On the other end, Pierria Henry picked up a hard-earned 16 points off 7-12 shooting from the floor–most of them coming in the 2nd half. DeMario Mayfield scored 11, but went 2-9 from the field; Chris Braswell scored 10 and led all rebounders with 9.
Up next for Charlotte: Xavier. The annual Whiteout game at Halton Arena is Wednesday night at 7:30. The Musketeers (11-6, 4-0) are coming off a 70-63 win over La Salle on Saturday night.