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Photos and Game Summary: Strong First Half Lifts Spiders to Victory

La Salle had no answers to Richmond’s defense but showed brief signs of life in the second half.

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University of Richmond (15-4,5-1 Atlantic 10): 75
La Salle (10-8,1-5 Atlantic 10): 57

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Official UR Game Summary:

The University of Richmond had nine different players score including seven with five or more points as the Spiders recorded a 75-57 victory over visiting La Salle Wednesday night at the Robins Center. The win moved the Spiders to 15-4 overall and 5-1 in Atlantic 10 Conference play heading into Saturday night’s showdown against No. 7 Dayton at home.

“I’m really pleased with the win and I thought we played exceptionally well defensively,” said coach Chris Mooney. “Our defense right from the beginning of the game made it tough on them to score. We contested shots. We rebounded well … I thought our defense throughout really won us the game.”

The 15-4 record marks the best record through 19 games to start a season since the 1987-88 campaign (16-3). Additionally, the Spiders are 5-1 through the first six games in A-10 play for the third time under head coach Chris Mooney and the first since 2016-17. The victory moves the Spiders to 9-1 at home this season.

Freshman Tyler Burton (Uxbridge, Mass.) recorded his second-straight double-figure scoring game in the victory, finishing the night with a career-high 14 points. Burton also grabbed a career-high nine rebounds and added two steals and a block in the all-around performance.

“He’s got great basketball instincts,” said Mooney of Burton. “He’s a great athlete. He’s an all-around player. He rebounds well. I think he has a chance to be a special player.”

Junior forward Grant Golden (Winchester, Va.) added 15 points in only 17 minutes of action as he didn’t play a majority of the second half with the Spiders’ depth showing form. Golden connected on 6-of-6 from the field and was 3-of-5 from the free throw line in his limited action. He became the first Spider to take at least six shots from the field and make them all since Nathan Cayo went 7-7 on field goals at La Salle on February 23, 2019.

Sophomore guard Jake Wojcik (San Jose, Calif.) came off the bench and added 11 points in the second half as he connected on 3-of-4 from three-point range.

The Spiders came out of the gate and scored the game’s first 10 points, holding La Salle scoreless over the first 5:47 of the contest. Golden scored the game’s first four points while sophomore Matt Grace (Hamilton, Ontario) and Burton scored in the paint to cap the early run. Richmond extended its lead to 18-3 as junior guard Jacob Gilyard (Kansas City, Mo.) converted a 4-point play and Golden once again scored in the post.

After La Salle regrouped to score the next eight points, junior guard Nick Sherod (Richmond, Va.) nailed a 3-pointer and the Spiders extended their lead to as many as 16 points. Richmond went into the locker room after the first 20 minutes with a 35-19 advantage as Burton led with 10 points off the bench to go along with five rebound in 11 minutes of play.

The Spiders controlled the play in the second half keeping the Explorers at bay and withstanding the La Salle pressure late in the game. Richmond finished the game shooting 60 percent (24-of-40) from the field in the victory while limiting the Explorers to just 33 percent (19-of-58) shooting. La Salle also struggled from the free throw line, connecting on just 12-of-21 (57 percent) from the stripe.

Next up for Richmond is 7th-ranked Dayton, who will become the highest-ranked team to visit the Robins Center in 14 years this Saturday. Tip time is scheduled for 6 PM and the game can be seen on NBC Sports Washington and ESPN Plus. The last time the Spiders hosted a top-7 team was February 18, 2006, when Richmond was defeated by #7 George Washington.

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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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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photos and Game Summary: Ram’s Home Winning Streak Comes to an End

Rhode Island handed the Rams their first loss at home. Final score Rhode Island 83, VCU 68.

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Official VCU Game Summary

HYLAND’S 24 NOT ENOUGH FOR VCU AGAINST RHODE ISLAND

Score: Rhode Island 83, VCU 68
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 9-3 (2-1 A-10), Rhode Island 6-6 (4-2)

The story: Sophomore guard Bones Hyland’s 24-point performance was not enough for VCU Men’s Basketball as it suffered 83-68 loss to Rhode Island Saturday night at the Stuart C. Seigel Center.

OPENING TIP

  • Hyland led the Rams in scoring for the ninth time this season. The sophomore also collected five rebounds in the contest. The Wilmington, Del. native scored 19 of his 24 in the second half and connected on 8-of-19 field goals
  • Junior guard KeShawn Curry chipped in 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Black and Gold
  • Sophomore forward Hason Ward bolstered the VCU defense tallying four blocks. Ward also contributed eight points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field
  • Fatts Russell and Jeremy Sheppard contributed 23 and 20 points, respectively, to lead Rhode Island

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Rhode Island a 17-2 scoring run over more than six minutes in the second half to take a commanding 71-56 lead with 7:05 left. Russell punctuated the decisive run with a step-back 3-pointer as the shot clock expired
  • VCU battled hard in a back-and-forth first half. The game was knotted at 40 when the teams entered the locker room
  • Rhode Island won the rebounding battle 41-26, including 25-8 in the second half
  • Rhody shot .481 (26-of-54) from the field, including .571 (8-of-14) from 3-point range

NOTABLE

  • The game featured 10 lead changes and nine ties
  • VCU recorded 11 blocks in the game, marking the second time this year the Black and Gold registered double-digit blocks
  • The Rams outscored Rhode Island in bench points 29-22. VCU has outscored opposing benches in 11 of 12 games this season
  • Hyland scored 20+ points for the fifth time this season
  • Ward tied his career high with four blocks

UP NEXT

VCU will travel to Washington, D.C. to take on George Washington 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The game will air on ESPN+ and NBC Sports Washington.

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