NORFOLK, VA (WWBT) - Redshirt-sophomore T.J. Cline scored a career-high 15 points, but Richmond's second-half comeback to erase a 10-point deficit ultimately fell short as Old Dominion (2-0) took a 63-57 victory on Tuesday night at the Constant Convocation Center.
The Spiders (1-1) trailed by as many as 10 points at the start of the second period, but Richmond slowly chipped into the Monarch lead and eventually overcame it with a Terry Allen trey at the 5:48 mark. However, ODU hit three big field goals, including a three-pointer from Jordan Baker with 1:10 remaining to thwart Richmond's comeback effort.
Cline's 15 points marked a new high in a Spider uniform after he scored 11 points on Friday in his Richmond debut against Radford. Cline has gone 11-of-14 from the field in his first two games.
Alonzo Nelson-Ododa notched his first double-double of the season and second of his career, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The junior forward was most effective at the free throw line where he drained 8-of-9 FT attempts.
ShawnDre' Jones reached double figures for the first time this year with 12 points and three assists. He hit two three-pointers, including the game-tying trey with 6:34 left that produced a roar from the Richmond faithful.
ODU was led by Trey Freeman's 13 points and Baker's 12 points. Taylor Denzell grabbed five offensive rebounds and finished with 10 points.
Richmond finished with a higher shooting percentage for the second consecutive game, going 21-of-47 (44.7) from the field. The teams were nearly even in the turnover category (9-10) as Richmond had 11 points off turnovers and 10 second-chance points, three more than ODU.
Old Dominion used several early three-pointers to build a quick lead and maintained it throughout the first half. Richmond trailed 22-13 at one point, but rallied with five straight points to cut the margin to 22-18 after a Cline layup. Old Dominion maintained a 32-24 lead as the teams headed to the locker room.
Richmond's offense came out firing in the second half as Cline continued to find his way to the hole and the Spiders drew fouls and free throw opportunities.
After consecutive stops, Jones hit a runner in the lane and then a corner three-pointer to tie the game at 49 with just under seven minutes remaining. Allen then knocked down a three for Richmond's first lead since the game's first possession.
ODU hit two shots in the paint to open a 55-52 lead, and after several free throws from both teams, Baker's corner three put the game away at 60-53 with 1:10 left. Senior Kendall Anthony, who finished with eight points, hit a driving layup as the clock ran down, but Old Dominion came away with the win, 63-57.
Richmond returns home for a Saturday afternoon against High Point, which tips off at 1:00pm.