Anderson leads Richmond to A-10 title
Spiders win first Atlantic 10 championship, beat Dayton
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Kevin Anderson capped a tournament MVP performance with 23 points and Richmond finished the job this season, winning its first Atlantic 10 title with a 67-54 victory against Dayton on Sunday.
Justin Harper added 18 points as the third-seeded Spiders (27-7) won their seventh consecutive game and earned consecutive NCAA tournament berths for the first time in school history.
It also gave them a feeling much different than a year ago when they lost the title game to Temple in a heartbreaker, giving the Owls their third consecutive championship in this casino resort.
The Spiders brought down the boardwalk empire on Saturday with a 58-54 win over Temple. They all but ended ninth-seeded Dayton's hopes for an NCAA bid. Despite upsetting top-seeded Xavier in the quarterfinals, the defending NIT champion Flyers (22-13) probably needed to win the tournament to get in the NCAA field.