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Spiders' victory is sweet one Richmond tops Morehead State

The program that made its reputation bouncing Barkley to Boeheim was back at it again.

Only this time as a favorite.

Slipping into that role every bit as well as they often have as underdogs, the Richmond Spiders defeated No. 13 seed Morehead State, 65-48, on Saturday to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1988.

As the better seed and a four-point favorite, this was one the 12th-seeded Spiders were "supposed" to win, and they did -- with relative ease.

They received 19 points from Justin Harper and turned Eagles big man Kenneth Faried into pretty much a non-factor.

The Spiders (29-7) will play the winner of Kansas-Illinois in the Southwest regional semifinals next Friday in San Antonio.

"A lot of teams get [worked up] about where they're seeded," Richmond coach Chris Mooney said. "You can't worry about it too much.

"In the NCAA tournament, you're not going to see too many teams get overlooked."

Richmond bottled up the NBA prospect Faried by shadowing him with two, sometimes three defenders.

Faried, the leading Division I rebounder in the modern era, finished with 11 points and 13 boards, but it was about as quiet as a double-double gets.

"They didn't do anything to me that I haven't seen," Faried said. "We couldn't get in a rhythm. That's a credit to Richmond. That defense is great and it's hard to play against if you've never played against it.

"We played Louisville and were able to come up with the upset. We fell short against Richmond."

The Eagles (25-10), the darlings of the tournament after knocking off Louisville, were sent home, but not before tying a school record for wins and gaining plenty of interest in their tiny school.

Not that it eases the sting.

"The game will hurt you no matter who you are," Morehead coach Donnie Tyndall said.

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