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Richmond Wins NIT Thriller; Rhody Falls to No. 3 Oregon

Release: 03/20/2017
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Courtesy: Richmond

RICHMOND 87, OAKLAND 83

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.


OREGON 75, RHODE ISLAND 72

Eleventh-seeded Rhode Island's season came to an end as the Rams lost a heartbreaker, 75-72, to third-seeded Oregon in the Round of 32 Sunday night.

Tyler Dorsey knocked down a long-range 3-pointer with 38 seconds left to help the Ducks (31-5) advance to the Sweet 16.

Oregon delivered the first punch, using an 11-2 run to establish an eight-point lead at 18-10 following a free throw by Dylan Ennis. Rhode Island was able to cut the deficit to five points, but Oregon's Tyler Dorsey was fouled attempting a 3-pointer and made all three free throws to push the Duck advantage back to 28-20 with 7:28 to go in the half.

From there, Rhode Island (25-10) caught fire, making nine consecutive field goal attempts. Four of the shots during the run came from Stanford Robinson, whose 3-pointer gave the Rams a 37-36 lead with 2:52 remaining in the half. Rhode Island stayed hot in the closing minutes, as a Jared Terrell jumper six seconds before the half capped a 24-10 run that put the Rams up 46-38 heading into the break.

The Rams got their lead to as many as 11 points in the second half following a drive by Robinson that made the score 56-45 with 13:39 to go. The Ducks began to chip away at the lead, cutting the Rhody lead to 64-60. Terrell stemmed the bleeding with a stepback jumper to make it 66-60. Oregon then went on an 8-0 run to take its first lead of the second half, 68-66 with 3:36 to go.

Rhode Island responded with four straight points. Terrell hit and jumper, and after a defensive stop, Robinson scored on a tip-in to make it 72-68, forcing the Ducks to call time with 2:11 to go. Brooks hit one free throw and Oregon grabbed the rebound on the miss, then another offensive board before Dorsey hit a 3-pointer to tie the game with 1:44 to go. Both sides came up empty on the next few possessions before Dorsey hit his game-winner. Rhode Island had a couple shots in the closing seconds, but could not score.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Stanford Robinson matched his career high with 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting… He had 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor in the first half.
  • Junior Jared Terrell finished with 15 points, six assists and three steals.
  • Junior E.C. Matthews had 13 points and four rebounds. He had 10 points in the first half. 
  • With Hassan Martin plagued by foul trouble, freshman Cyril Langevine delivered a huge first half, scoring nine points to go with six rebounds, two steals and one assist. He was a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor and made his lone free throw attempt in the half. He finished with nine points and nine boards.
  • Senior Kuran Iverson had nine points and six rebounds.
  • Rhode Island got a huge showing from its bench, which outscored Oregon's bench 30-11.  
  • The Rams shot 59.4 percent (19-of-32) from the floor in the first half, despite hitting just 3-of-12 from 3-point range.
  • Rhode Island scored 16 points off of 10 Oregon turnovers in the first half. The Rams committed just five turnovers of their own before the break.
  • Oregon advantage at the free throw line, making 18-of-27 at the stripe. Rhode Island was 6-for-8.

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