Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Wednesday dribble: Slumping Richmond falls again

The Spiders put air back in their tires, filled up the gas tank and got back on the road to competitive basketball Tuesday night. They didn't win, but this time, at least they competed.

Tuesday's games

Charlotte 60, Richmond 46: The Spiders (14-6, 3-2 Atlantic 10) were in position to win tied at 46 before the 49ers closed them out by scoring the game's final 14 points. Unlike Saturday's Dayton debacle, there's no shame in losing a knock-down, drag-out affair at the defending A-10 champions. Still, the fact remains that late last week, the Spiders left Virginia with a six-game winning streak and an unbeaten record in the A-10. It will be interesting to see how they regroup.

Longwood 62, Winthrop 51: Lancers snap an eight-game losing streak while providing more evidence that when allowed to play in familiar surroundings, they're actually pretty good. The Lancers are now 4-3 in Farmville, 1-13 everywhere else. Sophomore Brittanni Billups went off for 24 points and 13 rebounds as the Lancers prevailed in their first home game since Dec. 28.

Wednesday's game

N.C. State (12-8, 2-3 ACC) at No. 21 Virginia (14-5, 3-2 ACC), 7 p.m.
Better efficiency and more judicious shot selection has spurred the Cavaliers to three straight victories after an 0-2 conference start. Oh, and Monica Wright has been pretty good, too. Still, there's little difference in quality between most ACC teams - UVa's last two victories each came by two points - and we don't expect anything to come easily for them today against a Wolfpack program that has won five of the last six meetings in this series. Virginia 67, N.C. State 63

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