It didn’t take long for the Spartans to put their disappointing loss on Friday behind them. Richmond opened the Husker Classic in Higginsville with a convincing 61-37 win over Odessa Monday night as the Spartans improved to 2-1 for the season. It was the first loss in three outings for the Bulldogs.
Jacob Swope led the Richmond scoring with a game-high 17 points, thanks in part to James Vance’s play on the defensive end with 7 steals.
“The win was a slow, methodical take-care-of-business type of win that hopefully we can use as a springboard for the rest of the tournament,” Spartan Coach Duane Bastob said. “James Vance created a bunch of Bulldog turnovers and Swope finished many of them into points.”
The third-seeded Spartans opened with a 15-7 lead after the opening 8 minutes, and then pulled out to a 32-18 advantage at the intermission. Richmond continued its double-digit scoring in the second half with a 15-9 third quarter and closed out the game with a 14-10 edge.
Jon Vance also scored in double figures for Richmond with 13 points in addition to hitting the boards for 6 rebounds. He also added a pair of assists and a steal to his nightly total. James Vance added 8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 helpers, with Trey Folvarcik chipping in 7 points.
Also scoring for the Spartans were Robert Brewer with a half-dozen points and 2 rebounds; Kyle Ash with 5 points and 3 rebounds; and Blaine Broderick with 3 points and a team-high 8 rebounds, with 3 assists and a pair of steals.
Swope and Folvarcik each hit two buckets outside the 3-point arc for the Spartans.
Brandyn Grule led the Odessa scoring with 12 points, with Alex Hibler adding 10.
The Bulldogs made just 7 trips to the free throw line and converted 5, while Richmond hit 15 of 23 attempts from the stripe.
Richmond will meet the No. 2 seed and host Huskers Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the East gym.