Lexington, KY — No. 10 Kentucky Wildcats were shocked on Sunday by the unranked Richmond Spiders, who had never won a game against an AP ranked team. Richmond came away with a 76-64 victory to hand Kentucky a home defeat at Rupp Arena.
Nathan Cayo and Blake Francis each scored 18 points, as four Spiders players reached double figures in the score column to help setup the road win.
Cayo also had six rebounds, while Francis ended with three rebounds and three steals on the day.
Grant Golden added 13 points, a team-high seven rebounds and five assists and Tyler Burton finished with 11 points and four boards for Richmond (2-0), which secured its first victory against a Top 10 team after previously going 0-10 since the inception of poll in 1948-49.
Kentucky led 32-28 at halftime and came out scoring the first four points in the second half.
However, the Spiders knotted the game at 36-36 early in the second half and then took the lead for good with 14:42 remaining in the game.
The Wildcats (1-1) trailed 51-44 with 10:43 left in the second half after Francis buried a 3-pointer.
Golden then hit another 3-pointer to build the Richmond lead to 12 points with 7:49 remaining as the travelers resisted any possible comeback from the home side.
Talented freshman Brandon Boston Jr. had a double-double with a game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds for Kentucky, while Olivier Sarr also collected a double-double for himself with 17 points and 11 boards in the defeat.
Terrence Clarke chipped in with 15 points and six rebounds for the Wildcats, who shot 36.1% and missed all 10 of their attempts from 3-point range.
Kentucky dominated the boards on the day, dominating Richmond 54-31, but only had five assists on 22 made baskets.
The Spiders shot 43.3% from the floor.