Saint Mary’s scores the third upset, although a seven and ten seed are evenly matched, with a dominating rebound display. They outrebounded Richmond 37-16.
Richmond wins with speed and 3-point shooting, but they allowed the tempo to switch to St. Mary’s. The game became slow and drawn out, and St. Mary’s was able to use a zone defense to force Richmond to search for a shot. The result was a team used to scoring on the fast break to try and score in half court game.
St Mary’s also kept up with the 3-point shooting of Richmond. They were 8-18, while Richmond was 10-21. Without an advantage beyond the arc, the game was never in the hands of the Spiders.
The Gaels move on to face Villanova on Saturday in the second round with an 80-71 win over Richmond. It was their first win in the NCAA tournament since 1959.