Georgetown:3 Wins 7-6 on PKs
Georgetown (20-1-3) captured the 2019 NCAA College Cup Championship by outlasting Virginia (21-2-1), 7-6 in a penalty kick shootout. The two teams each scored three goals in regulation before going scoreless in two overtime sessions at Sahlen’s Stadium on Sunday night (Dec. 15).
Virginia erased deficits of 2-1 and 3-2 in regulation to force its fifth overtime match of the season. The Cavaliers found themselves trailing by a goal with 9:37 remaining in the match before the College Cup’s Most Outstanding Player, Daryl Dike (Edmond, Okla.), scored his third goal of the College Cup. The sophomore striker took a rebound off his own shot and buried the final equalizing goal into the top of the net with 4:51 left in regulation.
The two overtime sessions saw a total of five shots, three from the Hoyas and two from the Cavaliers. Only one of the attempts landed on target, an Irakoze Donasiyano (Roanoke, Va.) shot that was punched away by Georgetown keeper, Tomas Romero, in the first overtime.
Both teams were successful on their first six penalty kick attempts and Georgetown’s Aidan Rocha put the Hoyas up 7-6 in the seventh round. Romero guessed right on an Axel Gunnarsson’s attempt to the left side of the goal to clinch National Championship in a best-of-five shootout format.
The Cavaliers received successful penalty kicks from Joe Bell (Wanaka, New Zealand), Daniel Steedman (Glasgow, Scotland), Donasiyano, Andreas Ueland (Byrne, Norway), Nathaniel Crofts (Sheffield, England) and Bret Halsey (Sterling, Va.).
Steedman had Virginia’s first equalizer in the 58th minute when he scored on a shifty move in the box after receiving a slip pass from Donasiyano.
It was the Cavaliers who had the initial lead of the match when Bell’s shot from outside the box in the 10th minute deflected off a Georgetown defender and into the right side of the goal. The tally was his seventh goal of the season and third of the NCAA Tournament.
The shot by Bell was Virginia’s first attempt of the match and it marked the second time in this year’s College Cup that the Cavaliers have scored on their first shot attempt.
The go-ahead Georgetown goals in the 22nd minute and the 81st minute were the fourth and fifth times this season Virginia trailed this season.
The National Championship match officially goes down as a loss despite the two teams finishing the two overtimes even at three. The 21 wins by Virginia are the third most in school history and the most under head coach George Gelnovatch.
• In a matchup of the No. 1 and No. 2 defenses in the county, the combined six goals were most in an NCAA final since 1980.
• Georgetown is the only school to score three goals on Virginia this season.
• The Cavaliers allowed 13 goals in 24 matches in 2019.
• Virginia trailed in a match for the first time since Nov. 17, the ACC Championship against Clemson also played in Cary, N.C.. Virginia hadn’t trailed for 420 minutes until Daniel Wu’s goal in the 22nd minute.
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.
Photos and Game Summary: Rams Continue Winning Ways Against Fordham
VCU defeated Fordham 64 to 46 with a stifling defence.
VCU 11-3 (1-0 Atlantic 10): 64
Fordham 6-7 (0-1): 46
The short story: VCU held Fordham to 32 percent (8-of-25) shooting from the field in the second half and forced 18 turnovers in the game in a wire-to-wire victory to open Atlantic 10 Conference play Thursday.
- Senior forward Mike’L Simms led the way for the Black and Gold, producing a season-high 14 points and a career-high eight rebounds. He was 6-of-13 from the floor
- Junior forward Marcus Santos-Silva added 11 points VCU and produced his eight double-digit scoring game on the year. He also contributed seven rebounds
- VCU freshman guard Bones Hyland turned in another efficient scoring night, connecting for nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc
- Fordham forward Onyi Eyisi had a team-high 13 points for Fordham
- Senior guard De’Riante Jenkins and Simms drained back-to-back threes within the first 60 seconds of the second half to push a VCU 10-point halftime lead to 41-25. Fordham never seriously threatened again
- VCU moved ahead by 21 a short time later when Hyland buried a trey following a steal by sophomore forward Vince Williams
- VCU shot 42 percent (23-of-54) from the field. The Rams’ smothering defense held Fordham to a mere 32 percent (8-of-25) in the second half and 39 percent (17-of-43) overall
- VCU outscored Fordham 22-5 off turnovers
- Senior guard Marcus Evans handed out six assists and turned it over just once
- VCU has turned the ball over just nine times in each of its past two games
- VCU has won 21 consecutive home games dating back to last season
- VCU’s bench contributed 23 points while Fordham’s reserves provided just nine
- VCU leads the all-time series with Fordham 10-1 and the Black and Gold is 10-0 at home this season
The Rams will travel to Fairfax County on Sunday, Dec. 5 to compete against conference rival George Mason. The game is slated for a noon tip and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.