Tytan Newton’s old-fashioned 3-point play in the closing seconds Friday at Tiernan Center helped push Richmond to a 56-53 win against North Central Conference rival Muncie Central.
With the game tied at 51, Newton capped what had been a nearly two-minute Red Devil possession by exploding to the lane, drawing contact, and having his floater fall through the net. He converted a free throw a moment later to give Richmond a three-point lead.
Andrew Kroft made two free throws a moment later to ice the win for Richmond, who improved to 7-7 overall and 2-2 in the league.
Senior Koream Jett led Richmond with 16 points and five rebounds, while Kroft chipped in 14 points and three rebounds. Cleevas Craig was the third Red Devil in double figures as he netted 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Newton finished with eight points, four rebounds and three assists. Meanwhile, Jordan Stolle was the fifth Richmond starter to score at least six points and he added four rebounds and a blocked shot. Stolle was also integral in limiting Victor Young, one of the conference’s leading scorers, to just a pair of baskets.
Richmond nearly fell victim to hot shooting by the visiting Bearcats, who buried nine 3-point field goals to make up more than half of their 53 points. But Richmond limited Central (4-8) to just eight points in the fourth quarter.
The Red Devils remain busy, returning to action on Saturday when they play host to Northmont (Ohio). The junior varsity tips at 6 p.m. Richmond will also play on Wednesday at Pendleton Heights, a game originally scheduled for Jan. 25.
Richmond’s junior varsity used a pair of Levon Jordan free throws to come away with a 56-54 win in Friday’s opener. Dorian Hill paced the Devils with a season-best 22 points.