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Photos and Game Summary: UR Can’t Hold Back Dayton Charge in Second Half

The Spiders’ need to dust themselves off quickly as the next game is against local rival VCU.

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University of Richmond (15-5,5-2 Atlantic 10): 79
Dayton (18-2,7-0 Atlantic 10): 87

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Official Game Summary

Junior guard Jacob Gilyard (Kansas City, Mo.) scored a game-high 29 points but the Richmond Spiders were unable to keep pace with the #7 Dayton Flyers, falling 87-79 at the Robins Center Saturday evening in front of a sold-out crowd.

“I’m really proud of our effort,” said coach Chris Mooney. “We were going to have to make certain things go not quite perfectly but really well tonight and they didn’t but we still competed and scratched and clawed.”

The Flyers relied on National Player-of-the-Year candidate Obi Toppin, who finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Jalen Crutcher, who scored 24 points and added seven assists.

Richmond (15-5, 5-2 in the Atlantic 10) was led by a season-high 29 points from Gilyard while Nick Sherod (Richmond, Va.) added 21 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Gilyard connected on 8-of-15 from the field and hit 5-of-8 from three-point land. Sherod added 4-of-7 from long range Saturday and scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half.

Dayton started strong, hitting its first three three-pointers and edging out to an early 11-2 lead. The Spiders clawed back as junior forward Nathan Cayo (Montreal, Quebec) scored four-straight in the paint to pull within one at 18-17.

Minutes later, the sold-out crowd — the first at the Robins Center this season — exploded when Gilyard hit consecutive three-pointers to give the Spiders a 28-24 lead with 6:57 left in the first half.

But Dayton responded with a 16-2 run to retake control before sophomore guard Jake Wojcik (San Jose, Calif.) closed out the half with a jumper that fell in at the buzzer to trim the deficit to 40-32.

The Spiders struck first in the second half as Gilyard found junior forward Grant Golden (Winchester, Va.) for a layup to make it a six-point game. Dayton again answered, running off 12 straight points to take a 52-34 lead with 14 minutes to play.

Sherod tried to bring the Spiders back, scoring 12 of Richmond’s next 18 points. Richmond was finally able to close the gap to single digits with a 9-0 sprint in less than a minute that made the score 71-63 with 3:48 to play. But Crutcher answerd the Spiders spurt with a three-pointer to extend the lead back to double digits and the Flyers were able to hang on for the 87-79 win.

Despite the loss, Richmond’s 15-5 record is its best through 20 games since the 2010-11 season, when the Spiders advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 and won a school-record 29 games.

The Spiders have a quick turnaround and will play Tuesday night against crosstown rival VCU in the Lumber Liquidators Capital City Classic. Game time at the Siegel Center is set for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally on the CBS Sports Network.

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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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Tow Truck Pirate is Raiding the Roads of Richmond

It’s a new (to us) brazen method for stealing cars and it takes mere seconds.

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From RPD:

The Richmond Police Department is alerting the public to an unlicensed tow truck that is being used to quickly steal vehicles throughout the city. A surveillance camera video clip of the tow truck as it is stealing a vehicle in the Davee Gardens neighborhood.

Late morning on Sunday, October 24, the tow truck, black in color, backed towards a parked vehicle, lifted it with the tow gear and, within seconds, towed the vehicle away. A photo of the tow truck is also attached.

There are no logos or lettering on the truck, which is required by state code for tow trucks for hire.

Detectives ask the public to call 911 if they see this tow vehicle or any tow truck without company name, lettering or logo.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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Girls in Science Invite Your Budding Scientist to Attend Green Workshop

Girls ages 11 through 14 will work through environmental concepts as they participate in various hands-on activities with Science Museum educators.

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What:
Middle school-age girls whose motto is reduce, reuse, recycle will love this fall’s Girls in Science event at the Science Museum of Virginia.

From what we eat to what we wear, girls will explore how daily decisions can contribute to extreme heat and weather events. Interactive activities will allow participants to leverage design, engineering and natural landscapes to make communities resilient and explore renewable energy sources with a solar cell phone charger and fuel cell car.

The event also includes an extreme weather presentation on the Science Museum’s six-foot-diameter suspended Science on a Sphere® and a take-home activity to continue each girl’s connection to environmental science.

When:
The Science Museum is offering three hour-long workshops on Saturday, Nov. 13, starting at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Attendees are invited to explore the Science Museum before or after their workshop. (Note: girls selecting the 4 p.m. workshop will need to explore the Science Museum before the workshop.) The Science Museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Who:
Girls ages 11 through 14 will work through environmental concepts as they participate in various hands-on activities with Science Museum educators.

Why:
Not only will attendees leave full of inspiration, but they will also have actionable steps for becoming more resilient today. This will position them to make positive change in their community and see themselves in the STEM field as a future career.

How:
Thanks to the generous support from DuPont, Girls in Science tickets are only $10 per person. Pre-registration is required on the Science Museum’s website, including for chaperones. Chaperones can bring up to 10 girls to the event. Each workshop can accommodate 30 total guests.

Where:
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220

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All the Saints Halloween Parade is Back

After a break for something truly scary, the annual Oregon Hill tradition is back.

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This year the theme is “World on Fire Halloween Parade: A Funeral March for Billionaires and Beyond!”

The parade will start at 7 PM on October 31st, at Laurel and Main streets across from the Altria Theater and will work its way through the Oregon Hill neighborhood.

Though this event is free to the public (as it has been for 16 years!) it takes lots of hard work and money to make this beloved Richmond event happen! Please consider donating to help create a sustainable parade and help pay the artists and puppeteers for all the time and energy they put into manifesting this event. You can make a donation here.

World-famous Bread and Puppet (those of the giant puppets) will be joining in the parade. Mars/hades puppet with rocket ships and billionaires, vultures, hawks, snake dragons (so many massive puppets), stilts, flags, Music, and the Richmond magic with all the Saints flair.

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