BROOKLYN, NY (WWBT) - It was a game that saw neither Richmond nor Fordham able to get comfortable offensively, but the Spiders got the biggest play of the night at the most crucial time.
Jacob Gilyard found Nathan Cayo on a drive in the final seconds, and Cayo put in the winning lay-up with 0.2 seconds remaining, pushing Richmond past the Rams, 52-50, in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Brooklyn on Wednesday.
Chris Mooney’s squad led by as many as ten points in the first half, but Fordham responded and cut the deficit to five at 23-18 by halftime. The Rams would surge ahead to begin the second frame, but Richmond had a response, retaking the lead. The Spiders held off Fordham down the stretch to hold onto the victory and advance.
While Cayo’s bucket may have been the headline, the game was marred by sloppy play on both sides. Richmond shot just 31.9 percent from the floor, 19 percent from deep, and connected on just four of its eleven free throw attempts. Fordham finished the game with a 33 percent shooting effort.
Cayo led Richmond with 15 points and chipped in seven rebounds, while Noah Yates scored ten points off the bench. Grant Golden scored nine points, grabbed eleven rebounds and dished out seven assists. Fordham’s Antwon Portley led all scorers with 17 points.
The Spiders move onto face Saint Louis in the second round on Thursday. Richmond won the regular season match-up with Billikens on the road. Tip-off is set for 8:30.