Halftime featured the athletes of Sportable. The Rim Riders and the Spokes battled it out. Sportable is a local non-profit focused on transforming the lives of people with physical and visual disabilities through sport.
CSUN (0-5,0-0 Big West): 62
Richmond (3-0,0-0 Atlantic 10): 90
After a pair of heart-stopping wins to start the season, the Richmond Spiders made sure there would be no drama at the end of Sunday’s game vs CSUN, starting the game on a 19-2 run and building a 55-18 halftime lead en route to a 90-62 win that left them at 3-0 for the first time since 2012.
“We had every advantage coming into today,” said coach Chris Mooney. “They’re on the opposite coast. They played on Friday night. And it was great to capitalize on those advantages right away.”
Nick Sherod scored a game-high 25 points and hit seven of his nine three-point attempts, coming within one of the school record for three-pointers in a game. Jacob Gilyard added 18 for the Spiders to go along with a game-high seven assists. Grant Golden recorded his 11th career double-double, registering 11 points and 12 rebounds despite playing just 18 minutes.
Richmond made its first five shots from the field and had scored 16 points before CSUN recorded its first points of the game on a jumper at the 15:55 mark of the first half. After the Matadors cut the Spiders lead to 21-10, Richmond poured in 22 straight points to build a 43-10 advantage and stretched its lead to 55-18 at intermission. Richmond shot 67 percent from the field in the first half and made seven of 10 shots from three-point range while holding CSUN to just eight field goals on 27 shots (29.6 percent).
The Spiders substituted frequently in the second half and expanded their lead to as many as 41 before pulling all starters with five minutes remaining in the game. Richmond is now 3-0 for the first time since 2012 and the third time under Chris Mooney (also 2006). Richmond finished the game with 15 three-pointers, its most since the 2016-17 season at UMass (also 15).
Richmond has scored at least 90 points in all three of its games this season, the first time the Spiders have reached the 90-point mark in three consecutive games since February 1969. The Spiders will try to start a season with four straight wins for the first time since the 1985-86 season Friday night at the Robins Center against McNeese State. Tip time is 7:00 PM and the game will be broadcast on ESPN Plus and MASN.
Photos and Game Summary: Strong 2nd Half Lifts Spiders to Victory in Final Home Game
After being down for most of the 1st half Richmond charged back with Richmond junior guard Nick Sherod leading the way with 17 2nd half points.
UR (23-7,13-4 Atlantic 10): 80
Davidson (15-14,9-8 Atlantic 10): 63
Richmond junior guard Nick Sherod (Richmond, Va.) erupted for 17 second half points as the Spiders out-scored Davidson 50-29 after halftime en route to a convincing 80-63 Atlantic 10 Conference victory over the Wildcats at the Robins Center.
The victory secures the Spiders the second or third seed and a double bye in the 2020 A-10 Conference Tournament in Brooklyn, meaning Richmond won’t open play until Friday evening, March 13 in the quarterfinals round. With the win, Richmond improved to 23-7 overall, tied for the fourth-most wins in a season in school history, and 13-4 in the Atlantic 10, tied for their most conference wins since joining the A-10 in 2001.
Sherod led four Spiders in double figures with 19 points, 17 of which came after the break. He connected on five 3-pointers in the second half as the Spiders hit 8-of-15 from three-point range in the final 20 minutes after not hitting one shot from distance in the opening half (0-4).
Redshirt junior guard Blake Francis (Herndon, Va.) added 18 points, 14 of which came in the second half to help the Spiders sweep the season series against Davidson. Richmond is now 6-2 against the Wildcats over the last four years and has won eight of its last nine games overall following back-to-back losses to Dayton and VCU at the end of January.
Junior forward Grant Golden (Winchester, Va.) added 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and 5-of-7 shooting from the free throw line. Junior forward Nathan Cayo (Montreal, Quebec) rounded out the Spiders in double figures with 11 points and eight rebounds as he helped the Spiders out-rebound Davidson 36-25 in the win.
Junior guard Jacob Gilyard (Kansas City, Mo.) finished just shy of double figures with nine points. He also contributed a game-high eight assists, giving 168 for the season, fourth-most in a single campaign in Spiders history.
“Not everybody could have so many guys be able to score and contribute,” said coach Chris Mooney. “Our guys can score at a high level and when the ball is moving we’re really difficult to guard. I don’t know if this is the best offensive team we’ve ever had but one of the reasons it’s really special is we’re aggressive and we know how to play and move the ball and share the ball.”
Davidson (15-14, 9-8 A-10) started strong, hitting its first four shot from the field including its first three three-pointers to take an 11-2 lead. The Spiders found themselves trailing 19-9 before scoring 10-straight on their way to a 13-2 run that gave them a 22-21 lead with eight minutes remaining in the half. Sophomore guard Andre Gustavson (Helsinki, Finland) came off the bench and scored four-straight points while Gilyard added four points in the run. Golden capped the run and gave the Spiders their first lead by converting a three-point play.
The Wildcats closed the half on a 10-4 run, including a near half-court shot buzzer beater from Carter Collins to give Davidson a 34-30 lead at the break. “We addressed the little bit of frustration we showed [in the first half] at halftime,” said Mooney. “You can’t anticipate that everything will go your way. They’re playing really hard and we can’t anticipate that every shot can go in and every call will go our way. … We didn’t get knocked out of our game or get distracted.”
Davidson would it make its first three-pointer of the second half to take a 37-30 lead but the Spiders responded with a 10-3 run, tying the game at 40-40. Francis ignited the run by hitting Richmond’s first three-pointer of the game in transition, one of eight the Spiders would hit in the half.
The game was tied 55-55 with 8:02 remaining before the Spiders put the game out of reach with a 25-8 run down the stretch. Richmond scored 15 of the next 19 points as Sherod couldn’t miss, hitting three three-pointers in one two-minute stretch.
Richmond continued to put the pedal down on both ends of the floor and its defense led to baskets on the offensive end. Sherod scored 14 of his 19 points in the final 8:02 of the game, hitting four three-pointers in that stretch. Francis added four points down the stretch while Gilyard got in the act with four points, including a three-pointer.
Richmond finished its home schedule with a 14-2 mark at the Robins Center, including 11 wins by 15 or more points, the most 15-point wins at home in a season in school history.
Richmond will conclude its regular-season schedule Friday evening on the road at Duquesne. The game will tip at 7 PM and be shown on ESPN Plus.
Photos and Game Summary: Spiders Crush UMass
Richmond is now 13-2 at home this season, tied for the sixth-most home wins in a season in school history. Their final home game of the season will be Tuesday night at 7 PM against Davidson
University of Richmond (22-7,12-4 Atlantic 10): 95
University of Massachusetts (13-16,7-9 Atlantic 10): 71
All five Spiders starters scored in double figures as Richmond’s men’s basketball team picked up its 22nd win of the season Saturday evening with a dominant 95-71 victory over Massachusetts in Atlantic 10 action in front of a sellout crowd at Robins Center. The Spiders have won seven out of their last eight games heading into the regular season home finale Tuesday night against Davidson.
Richmond is 22-7 this season, tied for the seventh-most wins in a campaign in school history and tied for the Spiders third-most wins in 15 seasons under coach Chris Mooney. The 24-point win was Richmond’s 10th win by 15 or more points at the Robins Center this season, tied with 1954-55 for the most 15-point home wins in a season in school history.
“I think our defense from the beginning of the game was energetic and physical and really good and that set the tone,” said coach Chris Mooney.
The Spiders came out of the gate quickly, opening an early 18-8 lead as they connected on eight out of their first nine field goals of the game. Junior guard Nick Sherod (Richmond, Va.) started it off with an early three-pointer while junior forward Nathan Cayo (Montreal, Quebec) scored six early points, including back-to-back dunks to get the crowd into the game from the start. Defensively, the Spiders limited UMass freshman forward Tre Mitchell, the leading candidate for A-10 Rookie of the Year, to a 1-8 start from the field.
Richmond took firm control of the game with a 14-0 run later in the half, grabbing a 32-13 lead and forcing the Minutemen to spend their second timeout. Junior forward Grant Golden (Winchester, Va.) scored five points early in the run while sophomore guard Jake Wojcik (San Jose, Calif.) hit a pair of three-pointers.
The Spiders continued to pour it on from there, extending the lead to as many as 26 points on their way to a 49-26 lead at the break. Golden got hot late in the first half, scoring 13 points in the opening 20 minutes and capping his half with a three-pointer. The Spiders shot 63.3 percent (19-of-30) from the field in the first half while limiting UMass to just 32.3 percent (10-of-31) shooting.
The Spiders quickly extended their lead in the second half to 28 points just five minutes into the period as junior guards Blake Francis (Herndon, Va.) and Jacob Gilyard (Kansas City, Mo.) each hit from behind the three-point line. The lead would bloom to as many as 31 in the second half as the Spiders controlled the action and kept the Minutemen off balance on defense, coasting to a 95-71 win.
Richmond rotated players in and out, with only Gilyard playing more than 30 minutes and 10 different players scoring a point. Francis finished with a game-high 20 points for his seventh 20-point effort of the season. Gilyard recorded his second career double-double with 10 points and 10 assists, tying a career high. He also broke his own school single-season steals record, collecting four to finish the game with 92 steals this season, eclipsing the 89 he recorded in 2017-18.
Golden added 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists while only playing 22 minutes in the impressive win. Sherod chipped in 16 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting from the field, including a pair of three-pointers. Cayo finished with 14 points and eight rebounds and was nearly perfect from the field, making six of his seven shots, as Richmond hit 55 percent of its field goals attempts in the game (32-58).
Richmond is now 13-2 at home this season, tied for the sixth-most home wins in a season in school history. Their final home game of the season will be Tuesday night at 7 PM against Davidson on NBC Sports Washington Plus and ESPN Plus.
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.
University of Richmond (20-6,10-3 Atlantic 10): 65
George Mason (14-12,3-10 Atlantic 10): 50
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.