Cline shines as Richmond runs away from St. Louis in the second half

(WRIC) — T.J. Cline tallied 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead Richmond past St. Louis, 67-53, on the road Wednesday night. Terry Allen added 15 points and ShawnDre’ Jones chipped in with 10.

The Spiders improved to 13-10 (5-6 A-10) on the season with the win and will return home to host Fordham on Saturday.

Richmond broke the game open early in the second half after leading 32-31 at the break. Led by Cline and Allen, the Spiders opened the second half with an 18-4 run. For the game, Richmond assisted on 21 of the Spiders’ 28 made baskets.

Richmond’s 2-3 zone defense stifled St. Louis throughout the final stanza as the Billikens shot 0-11 from the floor and turned the ball over five times to start the second half.

FIRST HALF

18:00 – Terry Allen opens game with 3-pointer from the wing. St. Louis scores on back-to-back possessions to take 4-3 lead.

17:35 – T.J. Cline layup off inbounds pass puts Richmond ahead 5-4, but St. Louis answers with 3 on the other end (shooting 3-3 to start game) to take 7-5 lead.

16:20 – Cline layup off inbounds pass AGAIN, Richmond trails 9-7 early.

NOTE: Lazy defense or better offense? Four of St. Louis’ five buckets so far have come in the paint- two off back-door cuts. I’m sure this is what coach Mooney is addressing during our first TO.

15:00 – Strong start continues for Cline (7pts, 3-3 FG), who buries 3 from the corner,to put Richmond on top 12-11.

NOTE: Khwan Fore providing offensive spark off the bench with 4 pts (1-1 FG, 2-2 FT). We’re tied 16-all with 12:30 left in 1st half

11:30 – Another backdoor cut & layup for St. Louis, then open 3 from the wing gives Billikens 21-16 lead. Spiders need to tighten up defensively.

9:00 – Cline & Marshall Wood exchange baskets to bring Richmond within 23-20.

NOTE: After opening the game with a made 3, Richmond is shooting 1-7 from behind the arc since.

6:45 – Feisty defense by Fore forces TO. Trey Davis nice pump fake, slashes for 2 on the other end. Spiders trail 25-22.

3:55 – NEEDED THAT ONE! ShawnDre’ Jones 3 from the corner ends 1-8 shooting slump from distance for Richmond. Spiders down two, 27-25.

1:30 – Richmond regains lead, 31-30. John Moran knocked down a 3 off the bench, then T. Allen scored inside for Spiders

:45 – S. Jones nice pull-up jumper from the elbow, Richmond leads 32-31. Spiders force stop on the other end, call T.O. to draw up last play of the half.

:00 – T. Allen can’t get shot off before buzzer sounds.

HALFTIME – Richmond 32. St. Louis 31

NOTES:

-Richmond passed the ball superbly in the 1st half, assisting on 10 of 12 made baskets.
-Balance has been key for the Spiders offensively as seven different players have chipped in on the scoreboard.
-Still zoned in? St. Louis had its way early going against Richmond’s 2-3 zone, patiently working the ball around the perimeter before finding the open cutter in the lane. It will be interesting to see what, if any, changes coach Mooney makes defensively.

Leaders:

Richmond – T.J. Cline (9 pts, 4-7 FG), T. Allen (7 pts, 2-5 FG, 2 reb), S. Jones (5 pts, 2-2 FG, 3 assists)
St. Louis – M. Neufeld (8 pts, 2 reb), A. Yacoubou (7 pts, 5 reb)

SECOND HALF

19:00 – T. Davis misses from 3, but Cline there for offensive rebound and stickback. Richmond gets first points of the second half, leads 34-31.

17:30 – Richmond opens 2nd half w/ 6-1 run, St. Louis says that’s enough … Calls T.O. Spiders lead 38-32.

16:00 – S. Jones for 3! Spiders stretch lead to 41-32.

NOTE: Not sure what Richmond is doing differently, but that 2-3 zone is stifling St. Louis so far to start 2nd half. Billikens getting no good looks (0-5 FG) and turning the ball over.

14:15 – T. Allen & D. Taylor exchange buckets inside, Richmond lead grows to 45-32.

13:45 – St. Louis ends 13-1 run with layup. Richmond leads 45-34.

13:05 – K. Fore answers with a 3 from the wing to put Spiders up 14, 48-34.

NOTE: Richmond has opened 2nd half with an 18-4 run. Lead 50-35 with 11:30 to play.

9:00 – BEAUTIFUL play set up by D. Taylor, who finds a cutting K. Fore for the easy layup. Richmond leads 54-38.

8:05 – Richmond starting to sizzle. Marshall Wood drains baseline jumper, stretches Spiders’ lead to 18 (56-38).

5:20 – Great patience from Cline, who absorbs the double-team and waits to find an open D. Taylor for the easy floater. 62-46.

3:45 – S. Jones leads fast break, buries pull-up jumper from the elbow. Richmond leads 65-47.

1:30 – T. Davis spins through the lane, finishes at the rim to push Richmond’s lead to 67-51.

FINAL: Richmond 67, St. Louis 53

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