BUFFALO, N.Y. (WRIC) — The Richmond Spiders men’s basketball team had a unlikely postseason run this year, becoming the unexpected Atlantic 10 Champions and then pulling off an incredible upset against Iowa, who had the fourth-highest points per game in Division I.

Unfortunately, the Spiders’ Cinderella run ended tonight with a huge loss against the Providence Friars, 51-79. This year’s run was their best in the tournament since 2011, when they lost in the Sweet Sixteen by 20 to 1-seed Kansas.

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Richmond forward Nick Cayo led the Spiders in points with 18 on 9-11 shooting, he also had 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Forward Grant Golden had 10 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal. Guard Jacob Gilyard, who had been a critical factor in the Spiders’ success this year, struggled tonight with just 4 points on 2-10 shooting and 0-7 from three.

Providence forward Noah Horchler led the Friars in points and rebounds with 16 and 13 respectively, he also had an assist, a steal and a block. Guard A.J. Reeves led the team in assists with 5 and had 12 points. Guard Al Durham came off the bench to get 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal.

Richmond coach Chris Mooney, right, congratulates Providence coach Ed Cooley at the end of a college basketball game in the second round of the NCAA men’s tournament Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. Providence won 79-51 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Richmond players huddle in the last minute of a college basketball game against Providence in the second round of the NCAA men’s tournament Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Richmond players watch play against Providence from the bench late in the second half of a college basketball game in the second round of the NCAA men’s tournament Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Providence players celebrate on the sideline late in the college basketball game against Richmond in the second round of the NCAA men’s tournament Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Providence coach Ed Cooley, right, hugs guard Matteus Case as he comes off the court during the second half of the team’s college basketball game against Richmond in the second round of the NCAA men’s tournament Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Providence guard Al Durham (1) shoots against Richmond during the second half of a college basketball game in the second round of the NCAA men’s tournament Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Providence guard Jared Bynum (4) looks to pass around Richmond guard Jacob Gilyard during the second half of a college basketball game in the second round of the NCAA men’s tournament Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Providence forward Noah Horchler (14) reacts after hitting a 3-point shot against Richmond during the first half of a college basketball game in the second round of the NCAA men’s tournament, Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Providence forward Noah Horchler (14) puts up a three point shot against Richmond forward Nathan Cayo (4) during the first half of a college basketball game in the second round of the NCAA men’s tournament, Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Providence guard A.J. Reeves (11) puts up a 3-point shot against Richmond forward Nathan Cayo (4) during the first half of a college basketball game in the second round of the NCAA men’s tournament Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Providence forward Noah Horchler drives against Providence guard Jared Bynum, right, during the first half of a college basketball game in the second round of the NCAA men’s tournament Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Richmond coach Chris Mooney reacts during the first half of the team’s college basketball game against Providence in the second round of the NCAA men’s tournament Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Providence guard A.J. Reeves (11) reacts after hitting a 3-point shot against Richmond during the first half of a college basketball game in the second round of the NCAA men’s tournament Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Providence coach Ed Cooley reacts during the first half of the team’s college basketball game against Richmond in the second round of the NCAA men’s tournament Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)