Richmond uses its 'veteran moxie' to knock off Kentucky in Rupp Arena

By Jerry Tipton, Lexington Herald-Leader on

Published in Basketball

On a historic day for Kentucky basketball, youth was not served.

Richmond, a team starting two seniors and two graduate students, defeated freshman-dependent Kentucky 76-64 on Sunday.

It was the first time in program history that Richmond had beaten a team ranked in the top 10 by The Associated Press on the road. The Spiders had previously lost all 25 such games. Kentucky came into the game ranked No. 10.

It was also only the 15th time in the history of Rupp Arena, which opened in the 1976-77 season, that Kentucky lost a home game by a double-digit margin. The only other time it happened in John Calipari's 12 seasons as coach came when Florida won 69-59 on Feb. 15, 2014.

In a postgame Zoom news conference, assistant coach Joel Justus returned repeatedly to the difference Richmond's experience made.

"This was a team that was going to present veteran moxie," Justus, who was substituting for Calipari in the postgame news conference, said of the Spiders. "We knew that coming in. We knew we'd have to play really well to win the game. And we didn't."


How did Richmond's veteran moxie present itself?

"It showed tremendously," said Brandon Boston, who led UK with 20 points.

Olivier Sarr, who posted a double-double (17 points and 11 rebounds) was just as succinct. "The score speaks for itself," he said.

Kentucky (1-1) did not have an assist in the second half, and it finished with only five. That equaled the fewest in John Calipari's 12 seasons as coach. UK had five in an overtime victory over LSU on Feb. 22, 2014.


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