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Guard Kendall Anthony hit five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points to spark Richmond to its fourth straight victory, a 57-53 win over IUPUI on Tuesday afternoon in Richmond, Va.

In completing a sweep of four games in the Gotham Classic, Richmond (7-4) also got three 3-pointers off the bench from guard ShawnDre’ Jones (11 points).

In the final three minutes, Spiders forward Alonzo Nelson-Ododa hit a 3-pointer and a jump hook. Guard Trey Davis sewed it up with 2.9 seconds left, hitting two free throws after IUPUI guard Mason Archie II missed a potential tying jumper with five seconds left.

In the first meeting of the teams, IUPUI (3-9) was led by Archie (12 points, five rebounds) and forward Elijah Ray (11 points). Guard Khufu Najee, back in the lineup after missing seven games with an injury, had three baskets in the final 3:22 to keep it close.

Richmond took control midway through the first half, going on a 13-point run triggered by back-to-back 3-pointers from Anthony. Guard Kadeem Smithen had two rebounds, a steal and 3-pointer during the spree as the Spiders matched their largest lead of the afternoon at 26-12.

But Ray scored the final seven points of the half to slice a 14-point deficit in half.

Early in the second half, IUPUI went on a 10-point run. Back-to-back baskets by Ray to close the surge gave the Jaguars a 36-32 lead.

The score remained close the rest of the way. In the final 16 minutes, neither team led by more than four points.

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