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Photos and Game Summary: Spiders Overcome Slow Start to Defeat Charleston

Spider nabbed their seventh straight victory at home on Saturday night.

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College of Charleston (5-5,0-0 CAA): 71
University of Richmond (9-1,0-0 Atlantic 10): 78

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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.

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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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No Soccer but Richmond Kickers and Fans take to the Digital Pitch

Tune into ESPN.com for some hot 3 on 3 car soccer action.

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The USL1 soccer season was set to start last weekend. Obviously that didn’t happen. Sports junkies have been reduced to watching reruns of games and marble racing. USL is attempting to fill that live sports void slightly with a Rocket League tournament. Rocket League is a cross-platform 3 on 3 game of car soccer. The cars are turbocharged and the field is enclosed so there are spins, flips, and all sorts of skill maneuvers that talented digital jockeys can pull off.

The worldwide leader in sports, ESPN is set to broadcast the USLeCup on its digital platforms. The Kickers’ Rocket League team consists of one member from the Front Office – Taylor Bostic, one from the youth squad – Aiden Hendricks, and one from the Red Army (the Kickers supporters group) – Mike Dillion. They’ll will be representing the city and its charity partner, Feed More in the tournament.

The United Soccer League (USL) announced today that its relationship with ESPN will extend to the esports realm, with the organization becoming the official streaming platform for USL eCup: Rocket League Edition, which will kick off on Wednesday afternoon on the ESPN app and ESPN.com.

The 32-team World Cup-style tournament features clubs from across the USL Championship and League One competing for bragging rights in the digital arena, and will also benefit local charities nominated by each club to receive donations from fans tuned into the broadcasts and the tournament over the next month.

The Kickers team takes the field on Thursday at 3PM against North Texas.

Some hot Rocket League action to whet your appetite.

 

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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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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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