LEXINGTON, Ky. — Blake Francis and Nathan Cayo powered Richmond to the program’s first road victory over an Associated Press top-10 team, rallying in the second half to beat No. 10 Kentucky 76-64 Sunday.
The Spiders (2-0) had been 0-25 against top 10 teams and trailed 36-30 just after halftime. Francis and Cayo each finished with 18 points, many coming during a series of small scoring runs that pushed Richmond ahead.
A 9-0 burst gave the Spiders the lead, and a 7-0 stretch made it 58-46 with 7:43 remaining. In between, Francis and Tyler Burton hit 3-pointers and Cayo converted a three-point play.
Kentucky (1-1) got within eight before Richmond answered with Jacob Gilyard’s fast-break layup and Matt Grace’s 3-pointer for a 13-point edge with 4:40 left. Francis added a 3-pointer that made it 72-56 and sparked a celebration on the Spiders’ bench.
(23) OHIO STATE 74, UMASS-LOWELL 64: Duane Washington Jr. scored 21 points and the Buckeyes (2-0) had to rally from a second-half deficit to defeat the River Hawks (1-2) in Columbus, Ohio.
Washington took a pass from teammate C.J. Walker and hit a 3 from the left wing for a 70-63 lead with 1:07 left to all but clinch it for the Buckeyes (2-0).
(5) LOUISVILLE 101, EASTERN KENTUCKY 58: Hailey Van Lith scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Cardinals (2-0) to a win in their home opener over the Colonels (0-2) .
The Cardinals (2-0) used a 16-2 run to start the second quarter, take a 35-14 lead with 5:17 left in the half and put the game away. They would lead by as much as 40-16 in the half.
(7) ARIZONA 76, NORTHERN ARIZONA 63: Cate Reese scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Aari McDonald added 18 points and the Wildcats opened their season with a 76-63 victory over the Lumberjacks (1-1) in Tuscon, Arizona.
McDonald, a preseason AP All-America selection, scored in double figures for a 67th straight game, which is the nation’s longest active streak. She made just 6 of 17 of her shots but finished with eight assists, seven rebounds and six steals.