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: Lionsbridge FC vs Virginia Beach
The Kickers’ game was postponed and we needed our soccer fix so headed down to Yorktown.
Our adopted club Lionsbridge FC played Virginia Beach for the Coastal Virginia Challenge Cup on Friday. After a slow start and an hour-plus weather delay, the Lions dominated for a 6-0 victory. Goals by Goals: Simon Fitch (29′) who is from Richmond, Griffin Garrard (37′), Luke Staats (45’+1), Charles Touche (69′), Brennen Burton (75′) and Emeka Eneli (’90).
Kickers Home Opener Postponed Due to Covid-19 Concerns with Visiting Team
Sad news for soccer fans but good news that nobody on the Kickers organization has tested positive for Covid-19.
I can’t express how much I’m disappointed by this news. It is matched by how little I’m surprised by this news. Teams sport traveling around the country during a pandemic is looking more and more like a bad idea. This will be the second game that the Kickers have had to postpone. So far of the four games the Kickers had scheduled two have had to be postponed.
The Richmond Kickers Home Opener, scheduled for Saturday, August 1 at 6:00 p.m. has been postponed.The decision to postpone the match was made out of an abundance of caution following a positive COVID-19 test from a covered person of the Fort Lauderdale CF organization.A new date for the match will be announced at a later date. Tickets purchased for this match can be exchanged for any future 2020 regular season Richmond Kickers match, based on availability. A Richmond Kickers representative will be in contact with all August 1 ticket holders shortly.
Photos: Lionsbridge FC vs Levi United
Kickers were on the road so I hit the road to Yorktown to watch our adopted non-RVA team Lionsbridge FC.
Lionsbridge FC dominated play from the opening whistle and scored five goals on Levi United. At one point Levi United thought they had a goal but that was called back on an obvious handball. Lionsbridge Keeper Conor Andrews was rarely pressured and kept a clean sheet.
The star of the night was James Lee with a hat trick. This was only the second hat trick in team history.
18’ James Lee (assist Vitor Gomes)
32’ James Lee (assist Brennen Burton)
47’ James Lee (from the spot)
53’ Alfie Pope (assist Brennen Burton)
89’ Travis Cooke (assist Isaiah Chisolm)
Lionsbridge’s next home game is Friday night, July 31st vs Virginia Beach United. … with the Coastal Virginia Challenge Cup on the line.
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