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Spiders Fight Back and Advance to A-10 Final – Photos and Game Summary

With the win, the Spiders earn their fourth trip to the A-10 title game, and their first since winning it all in 2011.

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The sixth-seeded Richmond Spiders overcame a 15-point deficit in the second half of Saturday’s Atlantic 10 Semifinal matchup to defeat the second-seeded Dayton Flyers 68-64. With the win, the Spiders earn their fourth trip to the A-10 title game, and their first since winning it all in 2011.

Richmond (22-12), which snapped a nine-game losing streak to Dayton with Saturday’s win, will face No. 1 seed Davidson in the A-10 Championship Final Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS.

“Obviously I’m extremely proud of our guys. Dayton is a great team with a lot of really good players and a great coach. It’s a first-class program, so I’m really proud we were able to win this game and advance to the championship,” said head coach Chris Mooney. “We’ve been down in this situation very often with second-half deficits, and that’s not part of the plan, but it takes a lot of high character, good players, and great ability and belief [to overcome that]. I couldn’t be prouder of our guys, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

The Spiders trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half and were down 52-39 with 12:04 to play. Moments later, Matt Grace scored five straight points to spark an 11-0 run for the Spiders over four-plus minutes that pulled Richmond within two points of Dayton, 52-50, with 6:21 remaining.

Following a Dayton basket, Isaiah Wilson hit from behind the arc to narrow the gap to just one point, at 54-53. With Richmond trailing 58-57 with 3:32 remaining, Tyler Burton hit a pair of free throws to give the Spiders their first lead of the day, a lead Richmond would not relinquish. Grace pulled down a crucial rebound on the defensive end and followed it with a crucial three-pointer with 1:40 to play to break a 59-59 tie. Dayton’s only field goal in the final five minutes was a three-pointer at the buzzer that made the final margin four.

Grant Golden led Richmond with 18 points and nine rebounds, becoming the third Spider with 1,000 career rebounds and the only active Division I player with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

Tyler Burton finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Grace came off the bench to finish with 12 points and four rebounds. Jacob Gilyard added 11 points, five assists and four steals. His three-pointer at 13:20 in the second half was Richmond’s first of the game and Gilyard’s 86th of the season, breaking a tie with Rodney Rice (1987-88) for the most in a single season in Spiders history.

The win was Richmond’s sixth after trailing by 14 or more points this season.

With a win Sunday, Richmond will head to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in program history and first since 2011, when the Spiders advanced to the Sweet 16.

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