Burton scores 26 in loss at William & Mary

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December 10 (Sat) / 2:00 PM

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – For all the great shots he hit to lead the Spiders back from a 19-point deficit, Tyler Burton ended up needing another bucket to secure a victory for Richmond over William & Mary on Saturday night. Burton’s turnaround baseline fadeaway with seconds to play was from the left, and during the ensuing battle for the ball the buzzer sounded to seal the Spiders 58-57 loss to the Tribe. “They were physical so he didn’t catch it as freely as I would have liked,” Spiders coach Chris Mooney said of the final possession. “I considered calling a timeout, but sometimes when you get knocked off your drive and get the ball back a little bit, it’s a little bit to your advantage because [the defenders] reach for the ball. Unfortunately the shot wasn’t good enough for us.” Burton finished with 26 points, including 22 in the second half. Neal Quinn was the only other Spider to score in double digits and finished with 10 points. Richmond’s loss was the first in the last six games against William & Mary and narrowed UR’s advantage to 103-98 in the all-time series, the most played matchup in program history William & Mary took charge of the game with a 19-2 run over six minutes into the end of the first half, giving the Tribe a 38-19 lead before halftime 1:09 The Spiders defense held the Tribe to just four field goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half, they beat William & Mary 34-11 over that span to take a 55-49 lead on a Burton three-pointer with 4:22 to play The Tribe answered with a 5-0 spurt to come within one before a bucket from Quinn UR gave a 57-54 lead with 2:55 to go. A post from W&M’s Ben Wight narrowed the gap to one, and a charging p Utback by Wight with 20 seconds remaining put the Tribe ahead again at 58–57, clearing the way for the Spiders’ final possession. “I’m proud of the way we came back and fought but to be back from a big deficit at half time is just too much to overcome,” said Mooney. “We need to figure out how to play much better in the first half.” Richmond will take a week-long Finals break before returning to action against Drake at the Robins Center on Saturday, December 10. The tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the game will air on ESPN Plus and NBC Sports Washington.

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