College of Charleston (5-5,0-0 CAA): 71
University of Richmond (9-1,0-0 Atlantic 10): 78
The University of Richmond men’s basketball team held the lead for the final 27 minutes of the game and withstood a late push from the College of Charleston Saturday afternoon as the Spiders posted a 78-71 non-conference victory at the Robins Center on national television.
The win improves the Spiders to 9-1 on the season, marking their best record through 10 games of a season since the 1985-86 team that also started 9-1. This also marks the first time the Spiders have had nine wins prior to conference play beginning since 2013-14. Richmond improves to 7-0 at the Robins Center this season, closing out the non-conference portion of the home schedule without a blemish.
Junior guard Blake Francis (Herndon, Va.) led four Spiders in double figures with 20 points, connecting on 4-of-9 from deep. Junior forward Grant Golden (Winchester, Va.) added 17 points and seven rebounds as he was 8-of-11 from the field. Sophomore guard Andre Gustavson (Helsinki, Finland) recorded his second-straight double-figure scoring game adding 10 points in the victory.
Junior guard Jacob Gilyard (Kansas City, Mo.) finished with eight assists in the win to go along with seven points, five rebounds and three steals.
The College of Charleston came out of the gate quickly, opening a 12-4 lead in the early going as Brevin Galloway scored the first 10 points of the game for the Cougars. The Spiders settled in and used their defense to switch the momentum, posting a 13-4 run taking a 17-16 lead. Junior guard Nick Sherod (Richmond, Va.) scored seven points during the run while Golden gave the Spiders their first lead with a basket in the paint.
The teams were tied at 22-22 before the Spiders started to assert their will with a 15-5 run, taking a 37-27 lead. Francis hit three 3-pointers for the Spiders, including back-to-back shots forcing the Cougars into a timeout. The Spiders did most of their damage in close in the first half, scoring 20 points in the paint in the opening 20 minutes with Golden leading the way with 10 points. Francis added 11 points in the first half while Sherod chipped in nine points as the Spiders held a 39-31 lead at the break.
Charleston opened the second half on an 8-2 run, narrowing the Spiders’ lead down to 41-39 in the early going. The Cougars forced the Spiders into some early turnovers and Colonial Athletic Association preseason Player of the Year Grant Riller found his touch after a slow start. Riller, who had only d four points in the first half, had 10 points in the first eight minutes of the second half as the Cougars tried to close the gap.
Gustavson provided the Spiders a boost off the bench, scoring five straight points while a 3-pointer by Francis extended Richmond’s lead to 57-49. Richmond led 71-62 with 4:41 remaining as Golden and junior forward Nathan Cayo (Montreal, Quebec) scored on consecutive possessions in the paint.
The College of Charleston kept battling and pulled within five at 71-66 with 2:40 remaining as Sam Miller scored off a drive. Golden came up with one of the biggest baskets of the night on the ensuing possession, nailing his first three-pointer of the season as the shot clock was winding down to extend the lead back to eight points. The Spiders were able to maintain the lead as they answered each time the Cougars scored down the stretch preserving the victory.
The Spiders begin a stretch of three-straight games away from the Robins Center Wednesday night when they travel down to Norfolk for a game against Old Dominion at 7 p.m.
Photos and Game Summary: Rams Bounce Back after Loss to Defeat St. Bonaventure
The man of the match was freshman guard Bones Hyland who sank 5-of-6 three-pointers and ended up with a career-high 21 points.
VCU (13-5,3-2 Atlantic): 91
St. Bonaventure (12-6,4-1 Atlantic): 63
The short story: Freshman guard Bones Hyland drained 5-of-6 three-pointers in the game and scored 17 of his career-high 21 points in the first half to lead the Rams to a decisive victory at the Siegel Center on Saturday afternoon. VCU Head Coach Mike Rhoades also earned the 300th win of his college career.
- Hyland would finish the contest with a career-high 21 points, shooting 8-of-12 from the floor, with eight rebounds and two assists
- Junior forward Marcus Santos-Silva earned his 13th career double-double with a performance that included 17 points and 11 rebounds
- Senior guard Issac Vann shot connected on 4-of-8 attempts from the field, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range
- Freshmen Hason Ward and Jarren McAllister each provided eight points for the Rams
- St. Bonaventure forward Justin Winston and guard Jaren English led the Bonnies with 17 and 15 points, respectively
- Hyland buried a pair of 3-pointers in the opening minutes as VCU jumped out to an early lead it would not relinquish. VCU broke the game wide open later in the first half with an 18-0 run, sparked by a pair of buckets each from Hyland and sophomore guard KeShawn Curry
- The Rams connected on 7-of-12 from beyond the arc in the first half on the way to a 52-24 halftime lead
- VCU’s defense held St. Bonaventure to just 28 percent (10-of-35) shooting in the first half and 34 percent (24-of-69) for the entire contest
- The Rams dominated the paint, outscoring the Bonnies 48-30 in the lane. VCU also owned a 43-38 rebounding advantage
- Hyland’s 21 points were the most scored by a true freshman Terry Larrier’s 21 against Maryland-Eastern Shore on Nov. 20, 2014
- VCU’s 52 points in the opening period were its most in any half this season
- VCU’s bench outscored St. Bonaventure’s reserves 33-12
The Rams will travel to Philadelphia, Pa. on Tuesday, Jan. 21 to take on St. Joseph’s. The game is scheduled for a 9 p.m. tip and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
Photos and Game Summary: VCU Stumbles Against Rhode Island
Rhode Island’s defense held the Rams to a measly 31% shooting percentage.
VCU (12-4,2-1 Atlantic): 56
Rhode Island (10-5,2-1 Atlantic): 65
The Short Story: Senior guard De’Riante Jenkins poured in a team-high 14 points for VCU, but Rhode Island halted a late comeback by the Black and Gold Saturday.
- Marcus-Santos Silva recorded his sixth double-double of the season, and 12th of his career, for VCU after racking up 11 points and 14 rebounds. The junior forward also blocked two shots
- Jenkins connected on 6-of-14 attempts from the floor and added six rebounds and three assists
- Senior guard Marcus Evans played a season-high 33 minutes while contributing 11 points for the Black and Gold
- Jeff Dowtin led all Rhode Island scorers with 21 points on the afternoon. Fatts Russell added 16 points and seven steals
- Rhode Island held VCU to 31 percent (21-of-67) shooting in the game, including 21 percent (6-of-28) from 3-point range
- URI shot 46 percent (12-of-26) in the first half on the way to a 35-28 lead at the break
- Rhody also owned a 43-40 edge on the glass and connected on 19-of-22 free throws
- VCU trailed by as many as 15 points with 4:42 left in the first half, but limited Rhode Island to 29 percent (9-of-31) shooting in the second half as the Black and Gold mounted their comeback
- VCU never led, but pulled to within one point, at 51-50 with 6:46 left, on a putback by Santos-Silva. But Rhode Island’s Antwan Walker answered on the next possession with a drive for two, and URI knocked down 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch to keep VCU at bay
- VCU forced more turnovers (15-14), but Rhode Island owned a 19-14 advantage on points off turnovers
- VCU grabbed 15 offensive rebounds in the game, including six by Santos-Silva
- The two teams combined to shoot 10-of-42 from 3-point range in the game
The Rams will travel to nationally ranked Dayton on Tuesday, Jan 14. The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. tip and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
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.