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 Back to Winning Ways at Home
Sophomore guard Bones Hyland poured in a game-high 28 points, and VCU locked down Dayton defensively on the way to a critical Atlantic 10 Conference win Saturday night at the Siegel Center.
VCU DEFENSE, HYLAND GROUND FLYERS 66-43
Score: VCU 66, Old Dominion 43
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 11-4 (3-2 A-10), Dayton 8-3 (4-3)
The story: Sophomore guard Bones Hyland poured in a game-high 28 points, and VCU locked down Dayton defensively on the way to a critical Atlantic 10 Conference win Saturday night at the Siegel Center.
- Hyland scored 13 of his 28 in the first half as the Rams built a 20-point lead. He finished 9-of-17 from the floor, including 5-of-11 from beyond the 3-point arc. He added five rebounds and two steals
- Senior foward Levi Stockard III tallied a team-high six rebounds and chipped in six points of his own
- Junior Vince Williams contributed seven points and four rebounds
- Jordy Tshimanga and Zimi Nwokeji provided 10 points each for Dayton
- VCU held Dayton to just 13 points in the first half on 6-of-28 shooting. Those 13 points were the Flyers least in a half since 2010
- Hyland scored five points during a 14-0 VCU run that provided the Rams with a 19-4 lead with 10:26 left in the first half. The Flyers never recovered
- The Rams held the Flyers to season-low 31 percent (17-of-55) shooting including 15 percent (3-of-20) from beyond the arc. The Flyers missed their first 14 three-pointers in the game
- VCU continued their dominance in the paint this season, outscoring Dayton 36-22 around the basket
- VCU held Dayton to a season-low 43 points, the Flyers’ lowest total since a 68-34 loss to Cincinnati on Nov. 27, 2010
- The Rams recorded a season-high 44 rebounds
- Hyland tallied 25+ points for the third time this season and has scored in double figures in 14 of 15 games this year
VCU will continue its three-game home stand against UMass 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Siegel Center. The game will air on CBS6 in Richmond and digitally on ESPN+.
Virginia Capital Trail, East Coast Greenway Alliance announce first-ever Winter Warrior Challenge
The event challenges people to complete 282 miles along the East Coast Greenway and Capital Trail this winter.
The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation and East Coast Greenway Alliance have announced the first-ever ‘Winter Warrior Challenge’ virtual event to take place January 13th – March 31st.
The challenge is a great opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to virtually complete 282 miles along the East Coast Greenway, traveling from Washington, D.C., to Richmond via Greenway’s spine route and to the Virginia-North Carolina border along the Greenway’s historic coastal route. Participants have the option to tackle the challenge individually or in a team of up to four people and can choose to run, walk, bike, or skate their way across Virginia.
“With a shared vision of equitable access to trails and greenways for recreation and active transportation, we are thrilled to partner with the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation on the first-ever Winter Warrior Challenge,” shares Sarah Sanford, East Coast Greenway Alliance Virginia & North Carolina Coordinator. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, people have flocked to trails and greenways to maintain mental and physical health. We hope that this event will encourage people to get outside, recreate responsibly on the Virginia Capital Trail and beyond, and support a great cause at the same
Registration is $40 and includes an individual and team leaderboard, interesting trail facts based on destination points along the route, an official event crewneck sweatshirt, and a fun virtual experience as you travel along one of Virginia’s most prestigious trail networks. Participants can break the route into segments and divide it up between team members or complete it on their own.
“Many people are unaware that the Virginia Capital Trail connects to the East Coast Greenway Alliance, which stretches across 3,000+ miles and 15 states,” mentions Cat Anthony, Executive Director of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. “We are excited to inspire outdoor adventure as participants explore and learn more about trail networks across Virginia. We hope this event will bring awareness on how important pedestrian and cycling infrastructure is to our region and encourage people to take advantage of Virginia’s trail networks.”
Proceeds benefit the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation and East Coast Greenway Alliance for continued advocacy and regional trail expansion.
Registration is open here. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences using #WWC282.
Spiders versus Ram Game Postponed Due to Covid-19
Sometimes when you play sports in the middle of a pandemic people test positive for the disease that has killed over 380,000 in the United States.
The cross-city basketball derby will have to wait. University of Richmond released the following statement.
The University of Richmond men’s basketball home game Saturday against VCU has been postponed in response to the results from the latest COVID testing and contact tracing within the Spiders program. All team activities are paused at this time.
Richmond continues to follow the guidance of University health officials and the Virginia Department of Health protocols. No decisions have been made regarding any additional Richmond games.