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Jordan King goes for 27 to lead Richmond Spiders to 79-76 win over VCU

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Jordan King had a game-high 27 points to lead Richmond to a 79-76 win over VCU on Saturday at the Robins Center.

King, who was 5-of-11 from three, drilled a pair of three-pointers to spark a 12-0 Richmond run midway through the second half that pushed the Spiders (22-7, 14-2 A-10) in front 52-47 with 10:43 left.

King added a third triple, a contested fadeaway from the right wing, as the shot clock expired, to extend Richmond’s advantage to 57-50 at the 9:24 mark.

Back-to-back steals and buckets by Jackson and Lawal capped a 9-2 VCU blitz that pulled the Rams within 65-63 with 4:47 remaining. The teams traded a pair of buckets before Isaiah Bigelow provided the Spiders with a 70-65 cushion with a three-pointer from the wing with 3:58 on the clock.

The Rams (19-10, 11-5 A-10) drew within three once more, but could not get over the hump. A dunk by Dji Bailey and four free throws in the final minute kept VCU at bay.

Senior guard Max Shulga led five Rams in double figures with 19 points.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].