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Richmond Basketball Takes A Thrilling NIT Home Win, 87-83
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 03/19/2017
RICHMOND, Va. – In their final game in the Robins Center, Richmond’s senior class put on a show in a thrilling 87-83 win over Oakland in the NIT’s second round. The Spiders (22-12) advanced to the NIT Quarterfinals for the second time in three years.

ShawnDre' Jones hit three big shots in the final three minutes and T.J. Cline knocked down three free throws and grabbed the game-sealing rebound in the final 30 seconds to secure Richmond’s win.

Cline finished with 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists in his final Robins Center game. He is now in ninth place all-time with 1,614 career points at UR. He’s also posted the second-best season for assists in school history, just nine dimes from tying Greg Beckwith for the school record.

Jones poured in 17 points with three assists, while Khwan Fore scored 17 points and De’Monte Buckingham scored 13 points with six rebounds.

Marshall Wood came off the bench and had a put-back and two huge second-half threes to keep the margin close as Oakland tried to pull away.

The Spiders shot 53.4 percent from the field and 20 assists with nine three-pointers. UR scored 17 points off turnovers, and only had seven turnovers.

Neither team led by more than eight points throughout the game as the contest featured five ties and 12 lead changes.

UR used an 6-2 run with two layups from Fore and one from Wood to go up 39-32 with 4:18 left. Another layup from Fore and a steal in the final seconds kept the Spiders up five at the break.

Oakland battled back in the second half with several three-pointers and stingy defense. After falling behind by six, the Spiders broke the drought with back-to-back threes from Wood. However, Oakland went back up 70-63 with 7:28 remaining after another three. After four points from Buckingham and Fore, Nick Sherod grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled on his layup, tying the game at 70 with 5:52 left.

Jumpers from Jones see-sawed the lead back and forth and Cline grabbed a rebound with 1:13 left and the Spiders leading by one. He then found Sherod under the basket with 53 seconds remaining for a layup and a three-point lead. Two more free throws from Buckingham put Richmond up five, but Oakland converted a four-point lead to cut the margin to one. Cline hit one free throw on the offensive end but then grabbed a big defensive rebound with six seconds left and his two free throws iced the 87-83 win.

Richmond will play at TCU on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. It will be a homecoming for T.J. Cline, ShawnDre’ Jones, Jesse Pistokache and Chase Fletcher, all of whom played high school basketball in Texas.


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