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Photos & Game Summary: Rams Take Down St. Francis in Season Opener

Basketball is back at the Siegal Center and the Rams are off to a good start.

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Official VCU Game Summary:

Final Score: VCU 72, Saint Francis (Pa.) 58

Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)

Records: VCU (1-0), SFU (0-1)

Attendance: 7,637 (135th consecutive sellout)

The Short Story: Marcus Santos-Silva paced the Rams with a 21-point, 18-rebound double-double effort to hold off a resilient Saint Francis squad on Tuesday night.

OPENING TIP

  • Santos-Silva recorded his double-double on an efficient 8-for-11 from the floor. He also added three assists, three steals and a block
  • Senior guard De’Riante Jenkins poured in 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting while fellow senior guard Marcus Evans added 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting
  • In total, nine Rams got on the scoresheet including Bones Hyland (four points) and Hason Ward (two points) in their first collegiate action
  • Red Flash guard Isaiah Blackmon scored 15 points and had five rebounds. Myles Thompson also had 10 points and eight rebounds for Saint Francis

THE DIFFERENCE

  • The Rams shot 49.1-percent (27-for-55) from the floor while holding Saint Francis to a 32.3-percent clip (21-for-65) on the other end
  • The Black & Gold dominated in the paint, outscoring the Red Flash 42-22 around the basket
  • After quickly falling behind 4-2, the Rams went on a 14-2 run to take the lead for good
  • VCU’s lead grew to as large as 32-15 in the first half, but the Red Flash cut the Rams’ lead slightly to make it 36-22 heading into the half
  • A strong start to the second half, that included five-straight points from redshirt senior forward Issac Vann, gave the Rams their largest lead of the night at 51-30 with 13:08 remaining
  • A 12-1 run by SFU that spanned nearly four minutes made it 52-42 with 8:19 left. VCU answered with straight made shots to put the game out of reach.

NOTABLES

  • VCU has now won its season opener for 14 straight seasons dating back to the 2006-07 campaign
  • Both teams showed some rust in the first game of the year, combining for 37 turnovers in the contest
  • The Rams improve to 3-2 all-time against SFU. The last meeting between the two programs was in 2011-12

WHAT’S NEXT

The Rams host North Texas for Homecoming at the Siegel Center for a 7 p.m. tipoff on Friday, Nov. 8.

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Live Updates: Ongoing list and information on Richmond area institution and event closures, postponements

With new information and cancellations coming in by the hour, the below is our attempt to keep you up to date on the latest Richmond area closures, cancellations, and community information, with links to relevant resources for more. We’ll continue to update this article as we learn more. Feel free to leave your own in the comments or email to [email protected]

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Please note that this list is rapidly changing and we’re doing our best to keep it updated but we will at time have some outdated information. Please let us know if there has been a change.

In the interest of public health and safety, the administration of Mayor Levar Stoney recommends that all restaurants, bars, and other establishments that serve food and drink within city limits eliminate bar seating, move tables at least six feet apart and limit their on-site service to 50 percent of their normal capacity. If 50 percent of capacity exceeds the CDC-recommended limit of 50 people gathered, establishments should limit their service to 50 or fewer patrons. The recommendation does not affect any restaurant’s capacity to offer carryout and delivery. In order to support the residents and businesses of Richmond, the administration will introduce on March 23 an ordinance outlining a city amnesty program for all penalties and interest on most local taxes due between March 13 and June 30, 2020. This proposed program will exclude personal property taxes on vehicles, motor vehicle license taxes, and vehicle license fees, as required by ordinance. The city is also exploring options for a program to issue small, no-interest loans to support small businesses. More information on this will be provided at a later date.

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Richmond Flying Squirrels offer digital field trip for Richmond-area students

The Richmond Flying Squirrels have made their 2020 Education Day curriculum available for Richmond-area students online as a “digital field trip.” The new website includes baseball-themed learning activities for students in grades K-5.

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels have made their 2020 Education Day curriculum available for Richmond-area students online as a “digital field trip.” The new website includes baseball-themed learning activities for students in grades K-5.

The Education Day activities website can be found here.

The Flying Squirrels annually host Education Days at The Diamond as a learning-centered field trip to a game for schools around the Richmond region. The team has made their 2020 Education Day curriculum, broken down by grade level, available to families and students with schools closed for the rest of the academic year.

“In these unprecedented times, it is still our responsibility to be impactful in our communities, and especially with our future: the kids,” Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “We are very proud of this wonderful work and hope children and parents alike enjoy learning from this information.”

The Education Day curriculum was designed by a Henrico County educator and incorporates state-mandated objectives. The website includes hands-on activities, educational videos, word problems, printable activity sheets and more that align with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) objectives taught to elementary students throughout the school year.

The Flying Squirrels are encouraging participating families to share pictures of their children completing the activities with the team on their Facebook page.

In an effort to practice safe social distancing and best ensure the health and of the Flying Squirrels family, the team’s front offices and team store are currently closed. Fans looking to reach out to the Flying Squirrels front office can find information here and are encouraged to interact on social media through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Richmond Kickers Delay Start of USL1 Season by Two Weeks

Any scheduled pro club events taking place prior to the start of the season will be postponed to later dates.

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The Richmond Kickers were set to take the field on March 28th. That has now been pushed back by at least two weeks. They released a statement that will look all to familiar in the coming weeks.

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