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Texas Tech holds off late Richmond rally 79-72

December 17, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Zach Smith had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Devon Thomas added a career-high 17 points and Texas Tech held off Richmond 79-72 on Saturday for the Red Raiders’ first true road win of the season.

Richmond trailed 52-49 with 13:10 remaining but didn’t score again until Khwan Fore made a 3-pointer at the 5:28 mark to get within 14 points. The Spiders got as close as five points with 11.3 seconds left when Fore made a layup in traffic. He didn’t convert the 3-point play but Kwesi Abakah grabbed the offensive rebound before ShawnDre’ Jones was called for traveling near the 3-point line.

Aaron Ross sealed it at the line with 6.7 seconds left.

Ross finished with 13 points for Texas Tech (10-1), which won its seventh straight. Justin Gray had 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Fore led Richmond (5-5) with 19 points and seven assists. De’Monte Buckingham made three of the Spiders’ 10 3-pointers and scored 16 points, and Jones added four 3s and 14 points.

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