UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – Richmond continued its hot shooting and moved to 2-0 in Atlantic 10 play with an 80-72 win over Fordham at the Robins Center on Tuesday night.
The Spiders (8-6, 2-0) shot 53.7 percent from the field and went 10-of-21 from three-point land. It marked the second-straight game that UR shot over 50 percent from the field.
More importantly, Richmond did not allow Fordham (6-9, 0-2) to pressure the Spiders into turnovers. UR had just 11 turnovers, while the Rams’ opponents average over 20 a game.
Freshman De'Monte Buckingham had a career performance in his first start in front of his home crowd. He scored 22 points with four threes. He also had four rebounds, two blocks, two steals and two assists, including a fantastic dime in the final minutes to secure the win.
Playing with a shorter lineup, the Spider guards of ShawnDre' Jones and Khwan Fore each shot an efficient 5-of-8 from the field to each put up 14 points. Jones finished with eight assists and three steals, while Fore had four assists.
Julius Johnson took advantage of holes in the Fordham defense to knock down two threes and score a career-high 13 points. T.J. Cline scored nine points and had a team-high five rebounds and three assists.
Fordham was led by Chris Sengfelder who tallied a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Joseph Chartouny added 16 points and six assists with five steals.
The Spiders won the tip and scored the game’s first four points, never allowing Fordham to hold a lead for 40 minutes. A 9-2 Spider run put UR up 18-10 after a three-pointer from Jones. Both teams traded threes throughout the first frame, but Richmond was able to keep Fordham outside of a possession for the duration. The Rams cut the lead to 39-34 with 48 seconds in the half, but Johnson hit a big three and the Spiders forced a turnover to hold a 42-34 lead at the break.
Buckingham opened the second frame with a flurry, slamming home a dunk on the Spiders first possession off a fantastic feed from Jones. A three-pointer from Joe Kirby put UR up 59-44 with 14 minutes left. Kirby finished with a career-high five points in 10 minutes of play.
Fordham was able to find points inside and made a run to cut Richmond’s advantage to 71-67 with 3:19 left, but two free throws from Cline, a steal from Cline and free throws from Fore put UR back up eight. Johnson’s bucket off the feed from Buckingham with 1:19 salted away Richmond’s 80-72 win.
The Spiders go back on the road this weekend with a Sunday matinee at George Washington. Game time is set for noon with the game on NBC Sports Network.