By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Husker defense shut down the visiting Spartans Thursday night as Higginsville stopped visiting Richmond 60-49.
The victory kept the Huskers within range of league-leading Knob Noster in the MRVC East race.
The defending conference champions improve to 3-1 with the win, with the lone setback coming at Knob Noster.
Richmond shot 29 percent for the night and drops to 13-6 and has split its four conference games.
“We competed hard, but their physical play bothered us at times,” Richmond coach Duane Bastob said. “That is just something we have to get better at. Jake (Gray) was strong with the ball and gave us a chance, and Quinton (Maxwell) played strong inside.”
The Huskers grabbed an early 17-9 lead after one period with the help of Landon Figg’s two 3-point buckets. Figg ended the night with one more trey and a team-high 20 points.
In a defensive-minded second quarter, the Huskers held a 9-7 scoring advantage and took a 26-16 lead at the break. Quinton Maxwell scored 10 of his 16 points for Richmond in the third quarter as the Spartans tried to chip away at the Higginsville lead, but could only cut the deficit to 8 points.