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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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Photos and Game Summary: Rams Downed by Davidson

The Rams gave up the lead late in the second half and Davidson kept it that way.

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Official Game Summary

Score: Davidson 63, VCU 61
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 10-6 (3-2 Atlantic 10), Davidson 15-2 (5-0)

The short story:  VCU senior forward Vince WIlliams Jr. poured in a team-high 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds, but a late run by Davidson helped push the Wildcats past the Rams in a hard-fought Atlantic 10 Conference contest Tuesday night.

OPENING TIP

  • Sophomore guard Ace Baldwin Jr. supplied 10 points, dished out a team-high seven assists and ripped five steals for the Rams, while senior guard KeShawn Curry contributed 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field
  • Williams connected on 4-of-7 from three-point range, tying a season-high total
  • Junior forward Hason Ward added eight points and pulled in three rebounds for the Black and Gold
  • Luka Brajkovic led all scorers with 19 points and added six rebounds to lead the Wildcats

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU held a 59-53 lead with 5:23 remaining in the second half but a three-pointer from Brajkovic sparked a 9-0 run from the Wildcats that gave them 62-59 they would not surrender. Foster Loyer hit a pair of free throws with 2:47 remaining to give Davidson a 60-59 lead. Curry pulled the Rams within 62-61 with a fast break layup with 16.6 left, but VCU could get no closer
  • Davidson owned a 32-20 advantage in rebounds and a 10-2 lead in second-chance points
  • A Williams three-pointer to open the scoring for VCU in the second half sparked a 15-5 run that was enough for VCU to overcome a 36-28 first half deficit and take a 43-41 lead with 14:33 remaining in the contest
  • Davidson owned 10-point leads in each half, only to see VCU fight back

NOTABLE

  • VCU forced 17 Davidson turnovers. The Rams used those miscues to outscore the Wildcats 26-5 on turnover opportunities
  • The all-time series between these two schools now sits at 8-8
  • Williams has now scored in doubles in each of his last five games

NEXT UP
The Rams host Saint Joseph’s on Saturday, Jan. 22 for a 2:30 p.m. tip at the Siegel Center. The game will air on USA Network.

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Photos and Game Summary: VCU Trounce GW

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Official VCU Game Summary

Score: VCU 84, George Washington 57
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 10-4 (3-0 Atlantic 10), George Washington 4-10 (0-2)

The short story: Sophomore guard Ace Baldwin Jr. scored a career-high 16 points as the Rams cruised to an 84-57 victory Tuesday night over George Washington

OPENING TIP

  • In addition to his career-high in points, Baldwin tied his career high in rebounds with six and added four assists. He shot 5-of-8 from the field and buried a career-best 4-of-5 from beyond the 3-point arc
  • Senior forward Vince Williams Jr. added 11 points, five rebounds, two blocks, two steals, and a career-high eight assists for the Black and Gold
  • Senior guard KeShawn Curry chipped in 13 points, five rebounds, two blocks, two steals, and an assist for VCU, while freshman forward Jalen DeLoach grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and blocked three shots
  • James Bishop led all scorers for George Washington with 16 points

THE DIFFERENCE

  • After the Colonials took a 5-3 lead early in the first half, the Rams embarked on a 13-0 run, capped off by a three-point jumper by Baldwin. Baldwin scored 11 of his 16 points and shot 3-of-3 from three in the first half. The Rams held a comfortable 42-22 lead heading into halftime
  • George Washington sparked a 9-0 run with 6:10 left in the second half to cut the Rams’ lead to 15, but was unable to come any closer as the Rams closed the game on a 16-4 run to secure the victory
  • VCU shot a season-high 44 percent (10-of-23) from beyond the arc
  • The Rams outscored the Colonials 24-8 on points from turnovers
  • The Black and Gold recorded 19 assists and 11 blocks

NOTABLE

  • The game was the first home game for the Rams since Dec. 15 after COVID-19 protocols canceled or postponed four straight home contests
  • The Rams extended their season-best win streak to seven
  • VCU has defeated George Washington five straight times and improved to 17-3 all-time against the Colonials

NEXT UP
The Rams travel to Olean, N.Y. on Friday, Jan. 14 for a road contest against reigning Atlantic 10 Champion St. Bonaventure at 7:30 p.m. The game will air on ESPN2.

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Photos and Game Summary: VCU Clips the Wings of the Florida Atlantic Owls

VCU forced a season-high 25 turnovers on the night and converted 24 points off those chances.

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Official VCU Game Summary

Score: VCU 66, FAU 46
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 7-4, FAU 6-5

The short story: VCU forced 25 turnovers on the evening and shot 71 percent (15-of-21) in the second half as it pulled away from Florida Atlantic Wednesday.

OPENING TIP

  • Senior guard KeShawn Curry led the Black and Gold with 13 points. He connected on 5-of-7 attempts from the field
  • Freshman guard Jayden Nunn contributed nine points and added four steals on the night for the Rams, while classmate Jalen DeLoach, a 6-foot-9 forward, turned in a season-high nine points. He converted all four of his field goal attempts
  • VCU senior forward Vince Williams Jr. grabbed a team-high eight rebounds while shooting 7-of-8 from the free throw line
  • Alijah Martin scored 13 points and added five rebounds to lead FAU

THE DIFFERENCE

  • A Curry layup at 18:22 remaining in the second half kicked off a 16-4 VCU run that included a pair of DeLoach buckets and provided the Rams with a 42-29 advantage with 14:12 remaining
  • The Rams forced nine turnovers in the first seven minutes of action and 16 total in the first-half on the way to a 26-20 lead
  • VCU stormed to a 12-2 lead in the early stages of the game, sparked by a Baldwin pull-up jumper and a Curry fast-break dunk off a steal by junior guard Marcus Tsohonis

NOTABLE

  • VCU forced a season-high 25 turnovers on the night and converted 24 points off those chances
  • The Rams dominated points in the paint holding a 36-18 advantage down low

NEXT UP
VCU was scheduled to face Penn State for a 3:30 p.m. tip on Saturday, Dec. 18. That game has been cancelled due to Covid issues for Penn State.

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