WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The cold weather couldn't cool off the University of Richmond men's basketball team, who blistered the nets to the tune of 62-percent en route to a huge 77-70 win at George Washington on Sunday afternoon at the Smith Center in the nation's capital.
With the win, the Spiders (9-6) open the Atlantic 10 schedule with an unblemished 3-0 record. It's the first time Richmond has gone 3-0 in conference play since 1997-98 and the first-time ever since joining the Atlantic 10.
"It really was a great team effort today with a bunch of guys stepping up in so many areas. To start 3-0 in conference play, with two of them coming on the road is huge," Head Coach Chris Mooney said.
Senior T.J. Cline led the Spiders with 19 points and 11 rebounds, his fifth double-double of the year. He also added seven assists on the afternoon.
Cline was one of four players in double-figures with freshman De'Monte Buckingham going for 16, including a perfect 7-for-7 from the field, while Khwan Fore chipped in 15, nine of which came in the final 10 minutes of the contest. Senior ShawnDre' Jones added 14 points and six assists on the afternoon.
The Spiders came out firing on all cylinders from the opening minutes behind back-to-back buckets from Buckingham. It didn't take long for the Colonials (9-7, 1-2) to tie the game at 4-4. The two teams would exchange points with GW tying it up again at 9-9 with a three from Tyler Cavanaugh. Richmond's high energy continued to put them in the driver's seat of the game as they maintained control of the first half, taking a 40-29 lead at the break.
Richmond started the second half on a 6-0 run. Despite controlling the game, the Colonials looked for a spark in Yuta Wantanbe and Cavanaugh as they chipped away at the lead. With about six minutes remaining in regulation, Cavanaugh knocked down a pair of free throws to cut Richmond's lead to six, but big plays from Fore and Cline helped the Spiders secure the 77-70 victory.
The Spiders head back home to host reigning Atlantic 10 co-regular season champion St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night. Game time is set for 7 p.m. on CBS 6.3.