Richmond tops Pepperdine 65-63 in Gotham Classic
Dec. 21, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — TJ Cline scored 13 points to lead Richmond over Pepperdine 65-63 in the first game of the Gotham Classic Saturday.
Trey Davis and Terry Allen added 11 apiece for Richmond (6-4), which has won three in a row.
Shawn Olden had 13 points for Pepperdine (7-3), which had a two-game winning streak end. Jeremy Major finished with 12 and Stacy Davis added 11 points.
A back-and-forth contest throughout, Richmond took control when Kendell Anthony's left corner 3-pointer with 2:50 remaining extended the lead to 60-54.
Despite Anthony's 3, Richmond struggled from long range for much of the game, making just 5 of 16 from beyond the arc. The Spiders finished the game 23 of 42 (55 percent) from the floor.
Conversely, Pepperdine's hot shooting kept them close. The Waves made 21 of 42 shots from the field and hit 17 of 20 from the line.
But Pepperdine's ball management left something to be desired. The Waves committed 13 turnovers, six in the second half alone.
ShawnDre' Jones' floater with 1:06 left increased Richmond's lead to 64-58. Pepperdine shaved the deficit to one, 64-63 with 12 seconds left but couldn't get over the top as Olden's buzzer beater fell short.
The tone for the game was set midway through the first half as Richmond and Pepperdine began trading baskets. At halftime, Richmond held a 33-32 lead primarily built on 57.1 percent shooting from the field. The Waves nearly matched the Spiders shot-for-shot as Pepperdine made 52.6 percent of their shots in the opening 20 minutes.
Richmond evened the all-time series between the programs at 1-1.
RICHMOND: The game was Richmond's first at Madison Square Garden since 2002.
PEPPERDINE: The Waves entered the game leading the nation in 3-point field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents just 20.5 percent from behind the arc.
RICHMOND: Hosts IUPUI on Dec. 23.
PEPPERDINE: Hosts IUPUI on Dec. 27.