Louisville rallies to beat Richmond
Louisville, KY (Sports Network) – Taquan Dean scored 30 points and hit seven
three-pointers, as fifth-ranked Louisville survived a major scare with a 53-45
victory over Richmond in the Colonial Classic at Freedom Hall.
Terrence Williams was the second highest-scoring Cardinal with seven points,
as Louisville (4-0) shot just 39 percent from the floor.
Kevin Steenberge led Richmond (4-3) with 15 points and Jermaine Bucknor added
10 points in the loss.
Louisville didn’t take its first lead until the second half when Dean came up
Dean made a three-pointer off the glass with just under 7:30 to play to give
Louisville its first lead, 41-39, but Richmond responded with a tough lay-in
on the right block by Bucknor to square the contest with just over seven
minutes to go.
Chad Millard’s tip-in put the Cardinals back in front, then after Brandon
Jenkins made a free throw, Dean drilled a trey to put Louisville ahead 47-41.
Steenberge’s foul-line jump shot, the first Richmond field goal since
Bucknor’s basket, cut the lead to four with under two minutes to go, but David
Padgett’s only field goal of the night increased the advantage back to six,
49-43, with a minute left.
The Cardinals made free throws in the waning seconds to seal the victory.
The Spiders handled Louisville’s full-court press in the opening minutes and
used the three-point shot to take an early lead. Steenberge drained back-to-
back treys and Gaston Moliva converted a slam in the lane to put Richmond in
Bucknor’s three-pointer with just over five minutes to go in the first half
kept the Spiders in front by nine, 24-15. Richmond, which entered the game
shooting 28 percent from behind the arc on the season, buried 6-of-11 three-
point attempts to open the contest.
Richmond held the high-octane Cardinals offense, averaging 78.3 points per
game on the season, to 21 first-half points and took a five-point lead into
The Spiders successfully slowed the game down with a Princeton-style offense
full of movement and backdoor cuts. While Richmond committed 13 turnovers, it
made up for the miscues with six three-pointers and a defense that held
Louisville to 33 percent shooting.
Trailing 32-22 early in the second half, Dean drained two treys around a
Moliva free throw to trim the deficit to 33-28 and energize Freedom Hall.
This was the first-ever meeting between the two schools…Richmond went 1-2 in
the Colonial Classic…The Spiders shot just 6-of-13 from the foul line,
including missing the front end of several 1-and-1 opportunities late in the
game…The game was played at the Spiders’ pace, as only two fast break points