John Newman triggered a 10-2 run early in the second half that gave Richmond a nine-point lead and the undefeated Spiders beat Virginia, 58-46, tonight to win their first championship in the 10-year history of the Richmond Times-Dispatch Invitational basketball tournament.
Newman, named the tournament's most valuable player, scored six of his game-high 19 points as the Spiders (8-0) went from a 27-26 lead to a 37-28 margin with 9:51 left in the game.
The Cavaliers, who fell to 5-3, never got closer than five points down the stretch and Richmond padded its lead as Steve Kratzer three times got behind the Virginia press for easy baskets.
Just as he did in Friday night's victory over Virginia Commonwealth, sophomore Peter Woolfolk came off the bench for Richmond and scored in double figures with 12 points. He scored the Spiders' first two baskets of the second half and added one in the five-minute run in which they broke the game open.
Kratzer and Rodney Rice scored nine points each for Richmond.
The Cavaliers, who constantly turned the ball over and never were able to work it inside against Richmond's aggressive defense, were led by Mel Kennedy with 13 points and Olden Polynice with 10. Tom Sheehey, who had Virginia's first two baskets and six points in the first half, was shut out after intermission.
In the consolation game, Keith Thomas scored 21 points as Old Dominion's Monarchs almost blew a 17-point lead but regrouped for a 67-55 victory over Virginia Commonwealth's Rams.
Named to the all-tournament team were Newman, Woolfolk and guard Greg Beckwith of Richmond, Kennedy from Virginia and Frank Smith of Old Dominion