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: UR Can’t Hold Back Dayton Charge in Second Half
The Spiders’ need to dust themselves off quickly as the next game is against local rival VCU.
University of Richmond (15-5,5-2 Atlantic 10): 79
Dayton (18-2,7-0 Atlantic 10): 87
Junior guard Jacob Gilyard (Kansas City, Mo.) scored a game-high 29 points but the Richmond Spiders were unable to keep pace with the #7 Dayton Flyers, falling 87-79 at the Robins Center Saturday evening in front of a sold-out crowd.
“I’m really proud of our effort,” said coach Chris Mooney. “We were going to have to make certain things go not quite perfectly but really well tonight and they didn’t but we still competed and scratched and clawed.”
The Flyers relied on National Player-of-the-Year candidate Obi Toppin, who finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Jalen Crutcher, who scored 24 points and added seven assists.
Richmond (15-5, 5-2 in the Atlantic 10) was led by a season-high 29 points from Gilyard while Nick Sherod (Richmond, Va.) added 21 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Gilyard connected on 8-of-15 from the field and hit 5-of-8 from three-point land. Sherod added 4-of-7 from long range Saturday and scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half.
Dayton started strong, hitting its first three three-pointers and edging out to an early 11-2 lead. The Spiders clawed back as junior forward Nathan Cayo (Montreal, Quebec) scored four-straight in the paint to pull within one at 18-17.
Minutes later, the sold-out crowd — the first at the Robins Center this season — exploded when Gilyard hit consecutive three-pointers to give the Spiders a 28-24 lead with 6:57 left in the first half.
But Dayton responded with a 16-2 run to retake control before sophomore guard Jake Wojcik (San Jose, Calif.) closed out the half with a jumper that fell in at the buzzer to trim the deficit to 40-32.
The Spiders struck first in the second half as Gilyard found junior forward Grant Golden (Winchester, Va.) for a layup to make it a six-point game. Dayton again answered, running off 12 straight points to take a 52-34 lead with 14 minutes to play.
Sherod tried to bring the Spiders back, scoring 12 of Richmond’s next 18 points. Richmond was finally able to close the gap to single digits with a 9-0 sprint in less than a minute that made the score 71-63 with 3:48 to play. But Crutcher answerd the Spiders spurt with a three-pointer to extend the lead back to double digits and the Flyers were able to hang on for the 87-79 win.
Despite the loss, Richmond’s 15-5 record is its best through 20 games since the 2010-11 season, when the Spiders advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 and won a school-record 29 games.
The Spiders have a quick turnaround and will play Tuesday night against crosstown rival VCU in the Lumber Liquidators Capital City Classic. Game time at the Siegel Center is set for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally on the CBS Sports Network.
Photos and Game Summary: Strong First Half Lifts Spiders to Victory
La Salle had no answers to Richmond’s defense but showed brief signs of life in the second half.
University of Richmond (15-4,5-1 Atlantic 10): 75
La Salle (10-8,1-5 Atlantic 10): 57
The University of Richmond had nine different players score including seven with five or more points as the Spiders recorded a 75-57 victory over visiting La Salle Wednesday night at the Robins Center. The win moved the Spiders to 15-4 overall and 5-1 in Atlantic 10 Conference play heading into Saturday night’s showdown against No. 7 Dayton at home.
“I’m really pleased with the win and I thought we played exceptionally well defensively,” said coach Chris Mooney. “Our defense right from the beginning of the game made it tough on them to score. We contested shots. We rebounded well … I thought our defense throughout really won us the game.”
The 15-4 record marks the best record through 19 games to start a season since the 1987-88 campaign (16-3). Additionally, the Spiders are 5-1 through the first six games in A-10 play for the third time under head coach Chris Mooney and the first since 2016-17. The victory moves the Spiders to 9-1 at home this season.
Freshman Tyler Burton (Uxbridge, Mass.) recorded his second-straight double-figure scoring game in the victory, finishing the night with a career-high 14 points. Burton also grabbed a career-high nine rebounds and added two steals and a block in the all-around performance.
“He’s got great basketball instincts,” said Mooney of Burton. “He’s a great athlete. He’s an all-around player. He rebounds well. I think he has a chance to be a special player.”
Junior forward Grant Golden (Winchester, Va.) added 15 points in only 17 minutes of action as he didn’t play a majority of the second half with the Spiders’ depth showing form. Golden connected on 6-of-6 from the field and was 3-of-5 from the free throw line in his limited action. He became the first Spider to take at least six shots from the field and make them all since Nathan Cayo went 7-7 on field goals at La Salle on February 23, 2019.
Sophomore guard Jake Wojcik (San Jose, Calif.) came off the bench and added 11 points in the second half as he connected on 3-of-4 from three-point range.
The Spiders came out of the gate and scored the game’s first 10 points, holding La Salle scoreless over the first 5:47 of the contest. Golden scored the game’s first four points while sophomore Matt Grace (Hamilton, Ontario) and Burton scored in the paint to cap the early run. Richmond extended its lead to 18-3 as junior guard Jacob Gilyard (Kansas City, Mo.) converted a 4-point play and Golden once again scored in the post.
After La Salle regrouped to score the next eight points, junior guard Nick Sherod (Richmond, Va.) nailed a 3-pointer and the Spiders extended their lead to as many as 16 points. Richmond went into the locker room after the first 20 minutes with a 35-19 advantage as Burton led with 10 points off the bench to go along with five rebound in 11 minutes of play.
The Spiders controlled the play in the second half keeping the Explorers at bay and withstanding the La Salle pressure late in the game. Richmond finished the game shooting 60 percent (24-of-40) from the field in the victory while limiting the Explorers to just 33 percent (19-of-58) shooting. La Salle also struggled from the free throw line, connecting on just 12-of-21 (57 percent) from the stripe.
Next up for Richmond is 7th-ranked Dayton, who will become the highest-ranked team to visit the Robins Center in 14 years this Saturday. Tip time is scheduled for 6 PM and the game can be seen on NBC Sports Washington and ESPN Plus. The last time the Spiders hosted a top-7 team was February 18, 2006, when Richmond was defeated by #7 George Washington.
Photos and Game Summary: Spiders Fall to St. Louis
A poor second half and missed three-pointers lead to Spider defeat.
University of Richmond (12-4,2-1 Atlantic 10): 58
Saint Louis (14-3,3-1 Atlantic 10): 74
The University of Richmond men’s basketball team was on the wrong end of a 21-2 second-half run that spurred Saint Louis to a 74-58 win over the Spiders at the Robins Center Saturday. The loss snapped Richmond’s eight-game home win streak.
The Spiders (12-4, 2-1 in the Atlantic 10) struggled shooting in the loss, connecting on just 39.7 percent (23-of-58) from the field and only 19.0 percent (4-of-21) from three-point range. Richmond was also out-scored 48-26 in the paint as the Billikens finished the game shooting 50.9 percent (28-of-55) from the field, with many of their shots coming at or near the basket. Saint Louis (14-3, 3-1) forced the Spiders into 15 turnovers while getting a game-high 26 points from Jordan Goodwin, who shot 10-19 from the field and played all 40 minutes.
Junior guard Nick Sherod (Richmond, Va.) became the fourth active Spider to reach the 1,000-career point mark as he finished with a team-high 17 points. Sherod joined the club with a three-pointer in the second half and now has 1,003 career points. Richmond is the only team in NCAA Division I this year that has four 1,000 career point scorers on the roster.
Junior guard Jacob Gilyard (Kansas City, Mo.) became the program’s all-time leader in career steals early in the second half, surpassing the previous record held by Greg Beckwith (227). Gilyard finished the game with three steals, raising his career mark to 230. He entered the game ranked first in NCAA Division I this season averaging 3.33 steals per game.
The first half saw the two teams unable to separate from each other as neither team was able to build more than a five-point advantage. Saint Louis held a 16-12 lead at the 11:49 mark before the Spiders scored four-straight from junior forward Grant Golden (Winchester, Va.), including a three-point play in the paint. The Billikens retook the lead at 25-20 before the Spiders posted a 11-4 run, taking a 31-29 lead in the last minute of the half. Freshman Tyler Burton (Uxbridge, Mass.) had the energy-providing play during the run, converting a three-point play down low to tie the game at 29-29. The teams went into the locker room deadlocked at 31-31.
Richmond took a 43-37 lead early in the second half, courtesy of a 10-2 run. Sherod scored five-straight from the post during the stretch, while junior guard Blake Francis (Herndon, Va.) nailed a three-pointer in transition to extend the lead. Saint Louis came right back and scored the game’s next 10 points on its way to a 21-2 run that gave the Billikens a 58-45 lead with 6:57 remaining. Richmond began to foul to force the Billikens, who entered the game shooting 57 percent from the free-throw line, to the charity stripe. But Saint Louis shot 14-18 from the foul line in the second half to keep Richmond from threatening down the stretch.
The Spiders hit the road for a pair of games next week, beginning Tuesday night when they visit Davidson. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and will be nationally televised on ESPNU.