South Alabama (5-4,0-0 Sun Belt): 57
Richmond (8-1,0-0 Atlantic 10): 75
Sparked by stellar perimeter shooting and a balanced offensive attack, the Richmond Spiders turned a small halftime lead into second-half rout against South Alabama on Sunday, defeating the Jaguars 75-57 to remain perfect on their home court this season.
“I felt our defense was terrific. Disruptive but also very sound,” head coach Chris Mooney remarked. “On offense, I thought we did a good job of moving the ball, especially in the second half.”
Facing a zone for the first time this season, the Spiders scored 46 points after intermission to improve to 8-1, their best record through nine games since 1985.
The game started with Richmond welcoming back Grant Golden and Nathan Cayo to the frontcourt. The forwards duo both missed the Spiders win over Hampton Tuesday with ankle injuries, and Golden missed Richmond’s win over Boston College last Saturday.
A three-pointer from Nick Sherod and a mid-range turnaround by Golden started the Spiders scoring output during an uncertain open for Richmond’s offense, as the team trailed 8-5 following the game’s opening five minutes. After going through a small stretch of missed shots, two strong post moves from Golden and a finish by Cayo gave Richmond a 16-11 lead with 9:34 remaining in the first half. South Alabama continued to defend aggressively, causing multiple missed field goals, and ultimately took a three-point lead with a 10-2 run before Golden again scored down low. A triple from Blake Francis and another Cayo layup put Richmond back in front, as the Spiders entered the halftime break up 29-24.
After a scoreless first 20 minutes, Jacob Gilyard made consecutive three-pointers at the start of the second half. Golden then found Cayo under the rim for a layup, resulting in Richmond’s first double-digit lead of the day. The Spiders then caught fire from distance and upped their lead to 51-36 with 12:39 to play. Francis again connected on a three-pointer from the corner two minutes later to put his team ahead by 20 as Richmond made its first eight three-points attempts of the second half. Two nice dunks, the latter being off of an alley-oop, by Andre Gustavson got his Richmond teammates and fans on their feet; essentially putting the exclamation point on another dominant home victory.
Sherod posted a near double-double of 17 points and nine rebounds for Richmond, while Francis and Gilyard had 15 points each. Gilyard also contributed eight rebounds and seven assists. Golden finished with eight points, seven rebounds, and six assists in his return to the floor.
Richmond has won three straight and is now 6-0 at home this season and 3-0 all-time versus South Alabama.
The Spiders return back to the Robins Center on Saturday to take on Charleston. Tip time is set for 5 p.m and the game will be televised on NBCSN.
Henrico Schools cancel winter sports in light of rising COVID-19 cases
School officials will consider the possibility of allowing spring sports in February, depending on how the pandemic continues to unfold.
From the Henrico Citizen:
There will be no school-sponsored winter sports in Henrico County this year, school officials announced Monday.
The decision came in light of rising COVID-19 case incidence locally and tighter state restrictions about indoor events, according to Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks.
Fall sports were delayed until the spring (with a start date of Feb. 4), and Henrico Schools officials will evaluate in January the possibility of allowing those sports to take place, Jenks wrote in a message posted on the school system’s website and sent to families.
VCU Ram Attendance Capped at 250
VCU Athletics will begin basketball season with a capacity of 250 spectators inside the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
VCU Athletics issued this statement earlier today.
VCU Athletics will begin basketball season with a capacity of 250 spectators inside the Stuart C. Siegel Center. Tuesday’s capacity adjustment was made in accordance with new COVID-19 safety guidance from the Commonwealth of Virginia, announced last week.
Should the State issue new guidance in the future, VCU Athletics will adjust accordingly.
A limited number of tickets will be made available to VCU students and guests of student-athletes. Approximately 175 seats will be reserved for season ticket holders. VCU Athletics will determine access to season tickets based on giving level and rank within each giving level, consistent with the Seat Equity model. VCU Athletics has created protocols to make unused tickets available to Ram Athletic Fund members on a single-game basis.
Season ticket holders will receive notice by Wednesday, Nov. 18 if they qualify for the new limited capacity model. Ticket holders who do not meet the limited capacity qualifications will have a variety of options, including the ability to transfer their season ticket donation to a Ram Athletic Fund gift for 2021-22 or a refund.
“We regret that we cannot have our usual full capacity to start the men’s basketball season,” McLaughlin said. “Our loyal, dedicated fans make our home games the best environment in college basketball and we will miss everyone who cannot attend in person. We will continue to work with all parties in an effort to maximize capacity beyond the current guidelines as the season progresses.”
VCU Athletics will limit seating to the arena bowl in a socially-distanced manner, with a buffer zone around the court to prevent contact between fans and participants. Courtside seating and the Tommy J. West Club will be closed. Ticket holders in those areas will have the opportunity to sit in the bowl area.
We here at RVAHub are in communication with the Rams and are hoping to have a photographer at the game but that isn’t confirmed yet.
Photos: Surfing Z Dam
Floodwaters bring out the skilled river riders to take to the waves at Z Dam. These photos were shot Saturday afternoon.