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The Richmond Spartans almost missed their wake-up call Thursday night as they hosted Lexington in an MRVC East matchup. After a sluggish first half, the Spartans got a pick-me-up from Caleb Benhardt that helped spark Richmond to its third victory of the season over the Minutemen – 59-49.
The Spartans improved to 3-1 in league play, and 12-7 overall, while the Minutemen fell to 0-6, and 9-10.
Richmond trailed 27-18 through two quarters when Benhardt took over in the third period to get the offense going. The Spartan junior scored the first 11 points of the second half for Richmond, with three buckets outside the 3-point arc.
Benhardt, who ended the night with a game-high 21 points, helped the Spartans trim the deficit to 31-29 with 4:07 left in the third quarter.
The Minutemen continued to keep Richmond at a distance until Blaine Broderick knocked down a 3-pointer to tie the game at 37-37 with 36 seconds remaining in the third.
The outside shooting of the Spartans finally began to open the inside as Richmond took a 39-37 lead into the final 8 minutes.
Andrew Stevenson tied the game for Lexington within 30 seconds of the fourth quarter, but Broderick’s bucket gave the Spartans the lead for good less than a minute later.
PHOTO: Richmond’s Caleb Benhardt (11) defends Andrew Stevenson of Lexington (24), but it was on the offensive end where Benhardt shined in Thursday’s 59-49 win over the visiting Minutemen. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)
The full story is in the Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 edition of The Daily News.