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Richmond Thwarts GW Comeback

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Richmond’s Khwan Fore Guards Jaren Sina

Richmond survived a huge comeback attempt from George Washington Sunday afternoon to hold onto a 77-70 win in DC. The Spiders got huge buckets from Khwan Fore and T.J. Cline late in the game to end a 24-9 Colonials run and secure Richmond’s third consecutive win to open up A-10 play.

Richmond didn’t make things easy for themselves down the stretch as they shot just 5-11 from the line, but made up for that with an impressive 8-15 from behind the arc. Cline led the way with four of those made triples as he finished with a team-high 19 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists.

As a team, Richmond shot a season-best 62 percent from the floor and assisted on 22 of their 32 made field goals.

De’Monte Buckingham played a near-perfect game for the Spiders as he scored 16 points on 7-7 shooting. Fore finished with 15 points on 6-9 shooting, while providing the highlight of the game as he slammed home an acrobatic dunk in the first half off of a great feed from Cline.

George Washington’s comeback attempt was fueled by graduate senior Tyler Cavanaugh who scored a game-high 22 points and senior Yuta Watanabe’s 15. Watanabe scored 11 points in the second half but missed a couple of three balls in the game’s final minutes that would have helped close the gap as the Colonials were never able to get the deficit within one score.

Richmond’s 3-0 start in conference play is their best since the 1997-98 season when they were a member of the CAA. They host St. Bonaventure on Wednesday before traveling to St. Joe’s.

Scott Zolotorow