Final Score: VCU: 2, Dayton: 1
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU 5-5-1 (4-0, A-10) Fordham 5-7-0 (1-2, A-10)
THE SHORT STORY
An early strike from junior Biska Biyombo (Lumbumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo) and an overtime goal from senior Ryo Shimazaki (Kawasaki, Japan) lifted VCU to a 2-1 overtime win to stay undefeated in Atlantic 10 play.
- Biyombo scored in the 24th minute for a 1-0 VCU lead.
- Dayton leveled things 1-1 in the 49th minute.
- The match was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, sending VCU into its fifth overtime match of the season.
- Shimazaki scored the game-winner in the 97th minute from the penalty spot.
- The Rams outshot the Flyers 13-10 and put eight of those shots on frame.
- Junior Mario Sequeira (San Jose, Costa Rica) made three crucial saves on the night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Rams opened the game up in the 24th minute when sophomore Fiorre Mane (Dakar, Senegal) fed a ball to Biyombo who dribbled around a diving keeper and buried a left footed shot just inside the left post for a 1-0 lead.
- Dayton quickly looked to net one of its own, but Sequeira made a crucial save in the 28th minute when the Flyers had an open look on goal.
- VCU almost extended its lead in the 41st minute when sophomore Martin Ngoh (Goldvein, Va.) went one-on-one with the Dayton keeper, but the save was made to keep the score 1-0 in favor of the Rams.
- Dayton got on the score sheet in the 49th minute, putting the pressure on the Rams early in the second half.
- The Rams maintained possession and had multiple good looks, including shots by Biyombo and Mane in the final 20 minutes of the first half, but were unable to net the go-ahead goal.
- Shimazaki tried to put the game away halfway through the first overtime with a deep shot. He put it on frame, but it fell into the hands of the Flyers’ keeper.
- Junior Jared Greene (Virginia Beach, Va.) earned a penalty kick in the 97th minute when he was shoved down by a Dayton defender in the box, thwarting his attack.
- Shimazaki stepped up to the spot and became the hero when he buried the penalty kick to secure the 2-1 victory.
The Rams will get a 10-day break after a busy start to October. The squad will return to A-10 play Saturday, Oct. 19 at Rhode Island. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Richmond Flying Squirrels, COTU reveal ‘Richmond Rally Cap’ as new stadium beer
The new grapefruit shandy is set for release this spring as the season opens.
The votes have been tallied, and the new official beer of the Richmond Flying Squirrels will be called Richmond Rally Cap, the Flying Squirrels and Center of the University Brewing Company (COTU) in conjunction with Entercom Richmond announced on Tuesday. The new grapefruit shandy will be released across the region this spring and will be available at The Diamond during Flying Squirrels games all season.
Richmond Rally Cap was selected as the winning name from a group of four finalists submitted by fans.
“We work diligently to give fans new experiences each year, and thanks to our long-standing relationship with Center of the Universe, our new beer, Richmond Rally Cap, will be a new item not only at The Diamond but in markets, stores and restaurants all over the region,” Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “We thank Center of the Universe for brewing this great beer, and we tip our Rally Cap to the 2020 season.”
Richmond Rally Cap, a light and crisp Weiss beer with thirst-quenching grapefruit flavor, will be brewed by Ashland-headquartered COTU. The Flying Squirrels and COTU previously partnered on the beer, Chin Music, for six years prior to its retirement in 2019.
“We are beyond excited to launch this new brand into market in the spring,” COTU co-founder Chris Ray said. “We had a great ride with Chin Music, but we felt it was time to switch it up and offer something a little different than what we have ever offered before. Cheers to a great Flying Squirrels season and a new official brew!”
Four name finalists were selected from hundreds of submissions made by fans in the fall, and Richmond Rally Cap was selected as the winner through fan voting in October.
The winning name was first submitted by Chris Owens, who will receive the grand prize featuring a Gold Book, which includes 40 undated tickets for the 2020 Flying Squirrels season, as well as official Richmond Rally Cap swag pack. Two additional winners, Chad James and Ray Edwards, will receive two field-level tickets for Opening Night on April 16, as well as a Richmond Rally Cap hat and T-shirt.
Fans will be able to enjoy Richmond Rally Cap at The Diamond beginning with the Flying Squirrels’ home opener on April 16 against the Bowie Baysox. Group packages, season tickets and partial-season plans for the 2020 Flying Squirrels season are currently available at SquirrelsBaseball.com.
Photos and Game Summary: Rams Bounce Back after Loss to Defeat St. Bonaventure
The man of the match was freshman guard Bones Hyland who sank 5-of-6 three-pointers and ended up with a career-high 21 points.
VCU (13-5,3-2 Atlantic): 91
St. Bonaventure (12-6,4-1 Atlantic): 63
The short story: Freshman guard Bones Hyland drained 5-of-6 three-pointers in the game and scored 17 of his career-high 21 points in the first half to lead the Rams to a decisive victory at the Siegel Center on Saturday afternoon. VCU Head Coach Mike Rhoades also earned the 300th win of his college career.
- Hyland would finish the contest with a career-high 21 points, shooting 8-of-12 from the floor, with eight rebounds and two assists
- Junior forward Marcus Santos-Silva earned his 13th career double-double with a performance that included 17 points and 11 rebounds
- Senior guard Issac Vann shot connected on 4-of-8 attempts from the field, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range
- Freshmen Hason Ward and Jarren McAllister each provided eight points for the Rams
- St. Bonaventure forward Justin Winston and guard Jaren English led the Bonnies with 17 and 15 points, respectively
- Hyland buried a pair of 3-pointers in the opening minutes as VCU jumped out to an early lead it would not relinquish. VCU broke the game wide open later in the first half with an 18-0 run, sparked by a pair of buckets each from Hyland and sophomore guard KeShawn Curry
- The Rams connected on 7-of-12 from beyond the arc in the first half on the way to a 52-24 halftime lead
- VCU’s defense held St. Bonaventure to just 28 percent (10-of-35) shooting in the first half and 34 percent (24-of-69) for the entire contest
- The Rams dominated the paint, outscoring the Bonnies 48-30 in the lane. VCU also owned a 43-38 rebounding advantage
- Hyland’s 21 points were the most scored by a true freshman Terry Larrier’s 21 against Maryland-Eastern Shore on Nov. 20, 2014
- VCU’s 52 points in the opening period were its most in any half this season
- VCU’s bench outscored St. Bonaventure’s reserves 33-12
The Rams will travel to Philadelphia, Pa. on Tuesday, Jan. 21 to take on St. Joseph’s. The game is scheduled for a 9 p.m. tip and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
Photos and Game Summary: VCU Stumbles Against Rhode Island
Rhode Island’s defense held the Rams to a measly 31% shooting percentage.
VCU (12-4,2-1 Atlantic): 56
Rhode Island (10-5,2-1 Atlantic): 65
The Short Story: Senior guard De’Riante Jenkins poured in a team-high 14 points for VCU, but Rhode Island halted a late comeback by the Black and Gold Saturday.
- Marcus-Santos Silva recorded his sixth double-double of the season, and 12th of his career, for VCU after racking up 11 points and 14 rebounds. The junior forward also blocked two shots
- Jenkins connected on 6-of-14 attempts from the floor and added six rebounds and three assists
- Senior guard Marcus Evans played a season-high 33 minutes while contributing 11 points for the Black and Gold
- Jeff Dowtin led all Rhode Island scorers with 21 points on the afternoon. Fatts Russell added 16 points and seven steals
- Rhode Island held VCU to 31 percent (21-of-67) shooting in the game, including 21 percent (6-of-28) from 3-point range
- URI shot 46 percent (12-of-26) in the first half on the way to a 35-28 lead at the break
- Rhody also owned a 43-40 edge on the glass and connected on 19-of-22 free throws
- VCU trailed by as many as 15 points with 4:42 left in the first half, but limited Rhode Island to 29 percent (9-of-31) shooting in the second half as the Black and Gold mounted their comeback
- VCU never led, but pulled to within one point, at 51-50 with 6:46 left, on a putback by Santos-Silva. But Rhode Island’s Antwan Walker answered on the next possession with a drive for two, and URI knocked down 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch to keep VCU at bay
- VCU forced more turnovers (15-14), but Rhode Island owned a 19-14 advantage on points off turnovers
- VCU grabbed 15 offensive rebounds in the game, including six by Santos-Silva
- The two teams combined to shoot 10-of-42 from 3-point range in the game
The Rams will travel to nationally ranked Dayton on Tuesday, Jan 14. The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. tip and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.