RICHMOND, Va. – Temple embarks on another tough road test.
Three days after handing St. Louis its first home loss of the season, the Owls look to do something Saturday night opposing team rarely do: win at the Robins Center.
The defending Atlantic Ten champion Richmond Spiders have won 34 of their last 39 home games. This season, Richmond (10-7, 1-1 A-10) is 6-1 at home. The lone loss was to Iona on Dec. 14.
Temple (11-4, 1-1) has a two-game losing streak there. While ranked 17th-nationally, the Owls suffered a humbling 71-54 setback in their last trip to Richmond on Feb. 6, 2010.
But this season, the Spiders replaced four starters from last season's squad that beat Temple in the A-10 tourney semifinal and reached the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16.
Darien Brothers, who averaged a team-leading 14.9 points, is Richmond's returning starter. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound junior guard has averaged 21.7 points over the last seven games. Freshman guard Kendall Anthony provides a spark off the bench. He averaged 16 points in the last three games.
Richmond has a Philadelphia-area connection. Head coach Chris Mooney is an Archbishop Ryan High graduate. Reserve junior forward Greg Robbins graduated from Lower Merion, while freshman center Luke Piotrowski, who is being redshirted, is an Atlantic City Christian graduate.
TEMPLE (11-4, 1-1 A-10)
32 Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson F 6-6 Jr. 9.7 ppg. 6.4 rpg.
3 Anthony Lee F 6-9 Fr. 5.8 ppg. 6.8 rpg.
4 Juan Fernandez G 6-4 Sr. 12.1 ppg. 4.2 apg.
1 Khalif Wyatt G 6-4 Jr. 16.3 ppg. 2.0 spg.
10 Ramon Moore G 6-4 Sr. 17.0 ppg. 3.4 apg.
RICHMOND (10-7, 1-1)
3 Darien Brothers G 6-3 Jr. 14.6 ppg. 2.9 rpg.
2 Cedrick Lindsey G 6-1 Soph. 12.7 ppg. 3.9 apg
1 Darrius Garrett C 6-9 Sr. 5.6 ppg. 6.5 rpg.
34 Derrick Williams F 6-6 Soph. 9.6 ppg. 4.9 rpg
15 Francis-Cedric Martel F 6-6 Sr. 5.8 ppg. 3.5 rpg.
Fran Dunphy (431-224 career record)
Temple leads, 10-8. The Owls won six of the last nine games. But, Richmond has won four of the seven meetings at the Robins Center.