Cayo’s layup lifts Richmond past Fordham in A-10 tourney
Richmond will meet sixth-seeded Saint Louis in the fourth of four second round games Thursday at Barclays Center.
Antwon Portley led 14th-seeded Fordham (12-20) with 17 points. Nick Honor added 13 and Jalen Cobb scored 11.
With Fordham trailing by five late in regulation, a Portley 3 from in front of the Rams bench cut the deficit to 49-47. On the ensuing possession, Honor forced Jacob Gilyard into a turnover which led to Cobb making the first of two free throws and drawing Fordham within one.
Cobb missed the second, and Grant Golden was fouled when grabbing the rebound. Richmond’s big man made the first free throw and missed the second. Portley knocked down two foul shots to tie the game. On the penultimate possession, Gilyard drew the Fordham defense to him as he drove the lane, then found Cayo for the layup.
The Rams had one last chance, but Portley’s desperation in-bounds pass was knocked away.
Fordham shot 33 percent (19 for 57) from the field and 29 percent (6 for 21) from 3-point range, while Richmond 22 of 69 (32 percent) from the field (22 for 69), including 4 of 21 (19 percent) from behind the arc.