KJ Simpson lifts No. 18 Buffs past Richmond in Daytona Beach

KJ Simpson scored 23 points and No. 18 Colorado knocked off Richmond 64-59 to advance to the championship game of the Beach Bracket in the Sunshine Slam at Daytona Beach, Fla.Tristan da Silva added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Buffaloes (4-0), who will face Florida State in Tuesday’s title game.Jordan King recorded 23 points and seven rebounds for the Spiders (2-2). Dji Bailey added 11 points for Richmond, which will meet UNLV in the consolation game.Bailey’s layup pulled Richmond within 56-53 with 2:36 remaining before Colorado scored six consecutive points.The Buffaloes’ da Silva scored on a layup and Simpson hit two three throws to make it a seven-point advantage with 1:03 remaining. Then da Silva added two free throws with 32.3 seconds to make it 62-53, and the Buffaloes closed it out.J’Vonne Hadley had four steals for Colorado, which shot 42.6 percent from the field, including 3 of 10 from 3-point range.The Spiders made 45.1 percent of their attempts and were just 5 of 20 from behind the arc.Mikkel Tyne hit a 3-pointer to pull Richmond within 36-34 just over five minutes into the second half before da Silva made back-to-back baskets to give Colorado a six-point advantage with 12:45 left.King answered with consecutive baskets and Neal Quinn and Bailey followed with baskets as the Spiders took a 42-40 lead with 10:50 to go.