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VCU cheerleader has her revenge on victory balloons

Some handled the loss better than others.

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VCU lost on Sunday to St. Joseph’s in the Atlantic 10 title game and one VCU cheerleader wasn’t happy and let the balloons know it.

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Local artist Doug Orleski, better known as RVA Coffee Stain, selected as Monument 10K “Dash for the Cash” participant

Though he acknowledges that he still has plenty of work left to do to prepare before race day, Orleski already has plans for the $2,500 if he does cross the finish line first: he’ll donate the winnings to the VCU Massey Cancer Center.

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Doug Orleski, the Richmond-based artist known as ‘RVA Coffee Stain,’ has been selected for an opportunity to win $2,500 on Saturday, March 28, as the Dash for the Cash participant at the 2020 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger. In the Dash for the Cash, one participant is selected to get a head start on the course and race against the rest of the field in hopes of being the first to cross the finish line. If the contestant can outrun the fastest elite runner, the Dash for the Cash prize is theirs for the taking.

Orleski’s head start will be based on his estimated predicted time on his race entry form, previous running experiences, and estimated times of elite runners in the field. His goal is to attempt to cross the finish line before any of the other athletes running in the full 10k (6.2 miles). If he does outpace the rest of the field to the finish line, he will win the $2,500 cash prize.

The 2020 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k will be Orleski’s first-ever race after taking up running several years ago as part of a commitment to improving his health through active living. He began exercising and running on a regular basis and in the process lost 60 pounds on his journey to a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Through his cartoon and sketch work as RVA Coffee Stain, Orleski says he’s able to celebrate Richmond through art, and his work helped him become part of the community after he moved to the area in 2012. Taking part in the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k is a natural extension of that community involvement and another great way to celebrate Richmond’s love for active living and big events.

“I was surprised and excited to be approached with the opportunity to take part in the Dash for the Cash,” Orleski said. “I was looking forward to the experience already since this will be my first actual race, and now I am anticipating race day on March 28 even more.”

Though he acknowledges that he still has plenty of work left to do to prepare before race day, Orleski already has plans for the $2,500 if he does cross the finish line first: he’ll donate the winnings to the VCU Massey Cancer Center, one of the official charity partners of the 10k, to help aid in their fight against cancer and support the lifesaving research being done here in Richmond.

In addition to the training he’s already done, Orleski plans to utilize the help of the Richmond Road Runners Club Advanced 10k Training Team, particularly to build speed. Orleski joked that after learning he’d been selected, “I texted my wife and said it looks like it’s time to start training so I don’t look like a fool out there,” but he knows this is a rare opportunity and a unique way to engage with the 10k, and he says he’s looking forward to the experience: “I’ll plan to do some fun stuff on RVA Coffee Stain social media leading up the race…. this will be really cool.”

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Photos and Game Summary: Spiders Take Care of George Mason

A fifth straight win for the Spiders give them their best record through 26 games since 2010-11.

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University of Richmond (20-6,10-3 Atlantic 10): 65
George Mason (14-12,3-10 Atlantic 10): 50

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For the 21st time in program history and the first time since 2016-17, the University of Richmond men’s basketball team reached the 20-win plateau in a season as the Spiders used a strong defensive performance to pull away from visiting George Mason for a 65-50 win Wednesday night in Atlantic 10 play at the Robins Center. The victory keeps the Spiders in sole possession of third place in the A-10 and ups their record to 20-6 overall and 10-3 in league play.

The Patriots 50 points were their second-fewest in any game this season and their 19 turnovers were tied for their second-most in any contest this year. “I thought our defense was excellent,” coach Chris Mooney said. “Mason scored on us earlier in the year and they have some guys that are difficult to guard.” George Mason was the fifth straight Spiders opponent to fail to reach 60 points, Richmond’s longest stretch of keeping opponents under 60 since 2011.

Junior forward Grant Golden (Winchester, Va.) led the Spiders with a team-high 21 points in the win, his fourth game this season with 20 or more points. Golden finished 8-of-11 shooting from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line while grabbing seven rebounds. Golden also moved into the top 20 on the Spiders all-time scoring list, passing Dan Geriot and Kelvin Johnson. He is now 20th in school history with 1,406 career points.

“We definitely wanted to go inside,” said Mooney. “Grant is just difficult to defend. When teams double him, he’s a very good passer. He has a really good sense for how to play. He’s incredibly helpful. With most big guys, you’re constantly helping them. I think Grant is incredibly helpful to everybody else on the floor.”

Redshirt junior guard Blake Francis (Herndon, Va.) added 14 points as five different Spiders scored eight or more points. Sophomore guard Andre Gustavson (Helsinki, Finland) added nine points off the bench — all in the second half — while junior guard Nick Sherod (Richmond, Va.) scored eight points.

The Spiders struck early, posting an early 10-0 run and taking a 17-7 lead less than seven minutes into the game. Golden started hot for Richmond, scoring six-straight in the run while Francis added the last four points to extend the lead to double figures. George Mason settled in and the game slowed for the remainder of the first half with the Spiders holding a 26-19 lead at the halftime break.

The Spiders continued to add to their lead and extended it to 15 points with a 10-2 run early in the second half, taking a 50-35 advantage. Junior forward Nathan Cayo (Montreal, Quebec) and Golden converted three-point plays in the post while Gustavson capped the run with a basket on the fast break.

Richmond maintained the lead down the stretch with its defensive effort. The Spiders held George Mason to only 39.1 percent (18-of-46) shooting from the field and just 23.5 percent (4-of-17) from deep.

The Spiders 20-6 overall record is their best through 26 games since 2010-11 and their five straight wins represent Richmond’s longest conference win streak since January 2018. Next, Richmond hits the road for two-straight games beginning Saturday when it travels to St. Bonaventure for a 6:30 p.m. contest airing nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

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Photos and Game Summary: VCU Falls Short Against Dayton

The Rams missed their final two field goal attempts, while Dayton converted four straight free throws to clinch the win in the closing seconds of the game.

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VCU (17-9,7-6 Atlantic): 61
Dayton (24-2,13-0 Atlantic): 66

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The short story: Freshman guard Bones Hyland led three VCU players in double figures with 18 points, but fifth-ranked Dayton slipped past the Rams Tuesday night at the Siegel Center.

OPENING TIP

  • Hyland finished 7-of-14 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc for the Black and Gold. He scored 13 of his points in the first half to bolster the VCU offense. The Rams trailed 36-29 at the break
  • Junior forward Marcus Santos-Silva registered his ninth double-double of the season with 12 points and 17 rebounds for the Rams
  • VCU sophomore forward Vince Williams provided his best statistical game of the season for the Rams. The 6-foot-6 Toledo, Ohio native tied a career-high with 13 points and corralled six rebounds
  • Dayton guard Jalen Crutcher scored 18 points for the Flyers and knocked down all eight of his attempts from the charity stripe. Forwards Obi Toppin and Trey Landers added 12 and 11 points, respectively

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Dayton led by as many as nine points in the second half, but VCU closed to within 52-50 on a traditional three-point play by Williams with 6:19 remaining. But the well dried up for VCU over the next two minutes as Dayton hit 6-of-8 free throws to extend its lead to 58-51 with 4:18 on the clock
  • VCU would make one final push when a Williams’ tip-in trimmed the deficit to 62-59 with 26 seconds showing. But VCU could get no closer. The Rams missed their final two field goal attempts, while Dayton converted four straight free throws to clinch the win
  • Dayton jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after connecting on back-to-back threes from Obi Toppin and Ryan Mikesell, but the Rams responded with a 7-0 run capped off with a driving layup by Hyland at the 15:38 mark
  •  The Flyers hit 5-of-9 first-half 3 pointers and took a 36-29 lead into the locker room
  • VCU shot 36 percent from the field (21-of-57) and 28 percent from 3-point range (6-of-21), while Dayton shot 45 percent (19-of-42) in the contest and 71 percent (22-of-31) from the free-throw line

NOTABLE

  • VCU is the first team this season to hold Dayton under 70 points in a game; The Rams limited the Flyers to 6-of-18 shooting from the floor in the second half
  • The Rams outrebounded the Flyers 41-31, and collected 16 offensive boards on the night
  • VCU leads the all-time series against Dayton 11-7
  • Tuesday’s marked the 150th consecutive sellout at the Stuart C. Siegel Center

NEXT UP
VCU will travel to Chaifetz Arena on Friday, Feb. 21 to face the Saint Louis Billikens. The game is slated for a 9 p.m. (EST) tip and will be broadcast on ESPN2

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