First-half score: Richmond - 33, UNC - 36
Analysis: Although UNC leads at the half, Richmond played its finest basketball of the season in the first 20 minutes and led for most of the half. Richmond's first five minutes was the best the Spiders this season. Cedrick Lindsay scored eight points in the first five minutes and Alonzo Nelson Ododa scored on consecutive post moves as Richmond raced out to a 17-8 lead early in the half. UNC responded with a 9-0 run and tied the game at 17. Richmond shot great early on, but seven turnovers in the first 10 minutes helped UNC comeback. After UNC's run, UNC did not take it's first lead until Marcus Paige hit two foul shots with 37 seconds left in the half. Lindsay's 12 points lead all scores at the break, and most of Richmond's offense has come from his penetration. Richmond was not been intimidated by UNC's size early on, but the Tar Heels out-rebounded Richmond, 20-17. Richmond ended the half with nine turnovers. It will need to cut down its turnovers in the second half to stay in the game.
What to look for in the second half: After a 6-0 in the final two minutes in the half, UNC heads into the the break with the momentum. The Spiders played great in the first half, but can they do it again in the second half? UNC has made Richmond work for all of its points, and so far the Spiders have lived up to the challenge. Stopping the Spiders starts with stopping Lindsay. UNC has put a lot of pressure on the Richmond's point guard in the half-court offense, and this will continue throughout. UNC will make a run in the second half at some point and the Spiders will have to find a way to sustain it. Richmond played a great first half, but it will need a more controlled second half to beat the Tar Heels.
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