Fordham 63, Richmond 61
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP)—Marcus Stout converted a three-point play with 29.5 seconds to play and Fordham defeated Richmond 63-61 on Wednesday in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament.
Stout, who finished with 17 points, split two defenders in driving the right side of the lane for a game-tying layup and then added the game-winning free throw for a 62-61 lead.
It was the second time this season the fifth-seeded Rams (18-11) beat 12th-seeded Richmond (8-22) on a late basket by Stout.
The Spiders had two chances to win the game. Brian Morris missed a 3-point attempt with about 13 seconds to play, but David Gonzalvez tapped the ball back out to a teammate.
After a time out with 7.2 seconds to play, Gonzalvez drove the baseline but his shot was partially blocked by Kevin Anderson, preserving the win.
Sebastian Greene added a free throw with less than a second to play for Fordham, which will face fourth-seeded Rhode Island (17-13) in the second round on Thursday at Boardwalk Center in this casino resort.
Bryant Dunston had 21 points to lead the Rams, who have won five straight games.
Freshman center Dan Geriot scored 22 of his career-high 27 in the second half for Richmond, which got into the tournament last week with a win over Rhode Island. Gonzalvez finished with 19, with only five coming in the second half.
Neither team led by more than four points in a second-half that featured eight lead changes and four ties.
A three-point play by Dunston gave the Rams a 59-55 edge with 2:18 to play, but the Spiders scored the next six points, the last two on a layup by Peter Thomas with 44 seconds to play. The basket came after the officials failed to make a call at midcourt when Anderson was clothes-lined by Morris, who was attempting to intercept a crosscourt pass.
Thomas scored in transition and was fouled. However, he failed to convert the three-point play and Stout came back to beat Richmond again. He scored a layup with 2 seconds to play on Jan. 6 in a 58-55 win.