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Photos and Game Summary: Spiders Stampede Over the Cowboys

The University of Richmond extended their unbeaten streak to four with a win over McNeese State on Friday night.

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McNeese (2-5,0-0 Southland): 57
Richmond (4-0,0-0 Atlantic) 10: 87

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In their first three games of the season, the Richmond Spiders showed they can score, averaging more than 94 points per game. Friday night against McNeese, they showed they can defend. Richmond held McNeese to 57 points, 25 below its season average entering the game, and allowed the Cowboys to shoot just 38 percent from the field in a comfortable 87-57 victory. With the win, Richmond improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1985.

“We forced turnovers and contested threes well and rebounded,” said coach Chris Mooney. “So all the different levels of our defense were really solid tonight.”

McNeese jumped on the Spiders early, making five of its first seven shots from the floor and building a 12-4 lead just over three minutes into the game. But Richmond responded, hitting four three-pointers during a 19-4 run to to build its lead to seven. After a Cowboys spurt pulled them within two at 29-27, the Spiders scored the final 13 points of the half to take a 42-27 lead at intermission. Jacob Gilyard scored a game-high 12 points in the first half on just five shots, shooting 4-5 from the field with three three-pointers.

The Spiders gradually added to their lead throughout the second half, stretching it to 21 three-and-a-half minutes into the period and 25 with seven-and-a-half minutes to play before coasting to a 30-point win, their largest margin of victory since beating Coppin State 82-47 last December.

McNeese entered the game making 45 percent of its three-point attempts, the third-highest rate in the nation. But after making three three-pointers in the game’s first 12 minutes, the Spiders held McNeese without a three-pointer for more than 17 minutes and finished the game holding the Cowboys to 4-20 from three-point range. Richmond made 16 three-pointers of its own, the most by the Spiders in a game since making 16 in a win over Air Force in 2013.

“If you make 16 threes you’re probably going to win games,” said Mooney. “To me what’s more important is the ball movement, the good decision-making that leads to the open three. If a guy is hot and he’s just shooting that’s one thing, but over the course of time it’s going to even out. The best chance you have to shoot a good percentage from three is to make the right basketball decision and move the ball the right way consistently.”

Blake Francis led four Spiders in double figures with 20 points, the second time he’s scored at least 20 in the last three games. Nick Sherod added 17 for Richmond, including five three-pointers and five assists. Gilyard finished with 15 points and a team-high six assists and Grant Golden added 10 points and six rebounds as Richmond finished with a 35-26 advantage on the boards.

Up next for Richmond is a trip to the Roman Legends Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y. where the Spiders will play Wisconsin on Monday (7 PM on ESPN2) and either Auburn or New Mexico on Tuesday.

“These are great opportunities,” said Mooney. For our league, these are the best parts of the schedule because you get a chance to play [power conference] teams on a neutral floor.”

 

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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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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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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