Saturday, November 26, 2016

Richmond 67, Boston College 54: Tempo-Free Recap

BROOKLYN -- Trailing by 11 points late in the first half, Richmond clamped down on defense after the intermission, allowing just eight field goals over the final 20 minutes to improve to 4-2 on the season, defeating Boston College by the final of 67-54 in the consolation game of the Barclays Center Classic. Despite a game-high 27 points from Jerome Robinson, who connected on six of nine shots from beyond the arc, the Eagles could not overcome T.J. Cline (23 points, 10 rebounds) as the Spiders prevailed.

Points Per Possession:
Richmond: 1.00 (67 points in 67 possessions)
Boston College: 0.79 (54 points in 68 possessions)

Effective Field Goal Percentage
Richmond: .509
Boston College: .420

Free Throw Rate
Richmond: 27.8%
Boston College: 21.4%

Offensive Rebound Percentage
Richmond: 17.6
Boston College: 28.6

Turnover Rate
Richmond: 17.9%
Boston College: 23.5%

What Richmond did well: As is usually the case for Chris Mooney's teams, the Spiders got smarter with the basketball as the game went on. In addition to forcing Boston College into a 27 percent shooting effort from the floor in the second half, the Spiders maximized their Princeton-influenced offense, making 15 of their 26 field goal attempts and draining a trio of three-pointers in that stretch to register a .635 eFG percentage in the final stanza. Reducing their turnover number by half following the break turned what had been a 23.5 percent turnover rate in the opening frame into a more respectable 17.9 number for the night.

What Boston College did well: Get off to a hot start, riding the torrid shooting of Jerome Robinson to 19 of their 33 first-half points. While the sophomore will be a bright spot for Jim Christian this season, he will need to work on exploiting defenses for a full 40 minutes, as Richmond held him to just 3-of-12 from the field over the final stanza. The Eagles also won the battle of the boards, finishing with a plus-1 overall margin and a plus-4 mark on the offensive glass. 

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