UR (19-6,9-3 Atlantic 10): 77
VCU (17-8,7-5 Atlantic 10): 59
All five starters scored in double figures and Richmond men’s basketball never trailed in a dominating 77-59 win over VCU Saturday evening in front of a sold out crowd at the Robins Center in the Lumber Liquidators Capital City Classic. The 18-point margin of victory tied the largest for the Spiders in their 85 all-time meetings vs VCU.
“This was a big game and I thought we rose to the moment and met the opportunity head-on.” said head coach Chris Mooney. The victory moves the Spiders to 19-6 on the season and 9-3 in Atlantic 10 Conference. The 19-6 record is the Spiders best after 25 games since 2010-11 while the 9-3 start moves Richmond into sole possession of third place in the A-10.
Junior guard Nick Sherod (Richmond, Va.) scored a game-high 23 points while adding eight rebounds. Sherod connected on 5-of-7 from three-point range, including hitting his first four from distance. Junior forward Grant Golden (Winchester, Va.) added 15 points and 10 rebounds while also dishing out six assists in the all-around performance.
Golden connected on seven of his 11 field goal attempts, helping the Spiders shoot 50 percent (29-of-58) from the field in the victory. Richmond also shot 50 percent (11-of-22) from three-point land on the night, led by Sherod’s five and four threes from redshirt junior guard Blake Francis (Herndon, Va.).
The Spiders came out of the gate on fire, led by Sherod who scored nine of the Spiders’ first 11 points as Richmond opened an 11-4 lead. Sherod would go on to hit his first four three-pointers of the game as the Spiders used a 20-7 run to open to a 33-16 lead 14 minutes into the game.
Richmond hit three-straight three-pointers to close out the run, including a four-point play by Francis and a deep ball from junior guard Jacob Gilyard (Kansas City, Mo.). Richmond did damage on the inside as well during the stretch as Golden scored a pair of buckets and junior forward Nathan Cayo (Montreal, Quebec) converted a three-point play.
VCU found life later in the first half, scoring eight-straight points to pull within nine at 33-24 but the Spiders did not back down. Richmond scored the final nine points of the half, including a Golden three-point play through contact that ignited the crowd. The Spiders took a 42-24 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Rams scored the first five points of the second half but the Spiders again had the answer waiting with a 12-2 run, to take a 54-31 lead. This time the damage was done from in close as Cayo scored five in the run while Gilyard scored a pair of baskets off the drive for the 23-point lead.
VCU would have one final push, scoring nine-straight to trim the deficit to 68-55 but the Spiders would not be deterred on their way to an 18-point victory. The win was tied for Richmond’s largest ever against its crosstown rival. The Spiders also recorded 18-point wins over VCU on December 3, 2003 (70-52) and February 27, 2001 (72-54).
Francis, who missed the first meeting against the Rams, scored 13 points in the victory and helped the Spiders’ defense limit the Rams on the perimeter. Cayo added 11 points and six rebounds while Gilyard was strong all night with 10 points, six assists and five steals. The Spiders held VCU to just 59 points and –following consecutive losses to Dayton and VCU in January — has kept four straight opponents under 60 points, Richmond’s longest stretch since a six-game run in February-March, 2011.
“After the Dayton and VCU games we clipped up a lot of really good defensive possessions and said to the team ‘hey – we’re close here.’ It has felt like the past four games we’ve really played tremendously on defense.”
Next for the Spiders is a home date with George Mason Wednesday night on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Robins Center.
Henrico Schools cancel winter sports in light of rising COVID-19 cases
School officials will consider the possibility of allowing spring sports in February, depending on how the pandemic continues to unfold.
From the Henrico Citizen:
There will be no school-sponsored winter sports in Henrico County this year, school officials announced Monday.
The decision came in light of rising COVID-19 case incidence locally and tighter state restrictions about indoor events, according to Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks.
Fall sports were delayed until the spring (with a start date of Feb. 4), and Henrico Schools officials will evaluate in January the possibility of allowing those sports to take place, Jenks wrote in a message posted on the school system’s website and sent to families.
VCU Ram Attendance Capped at 250
VCU Athletics will begin basketball season with a capacity of 250 spectators inside the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
VCU Athletics issued this statement earlier today.
VCU Athletics will begin basketball season with a capacity of 250 spectators inside the Stuart C. Siegel Center. Tuesday’s capacity adjustment was made in accordance with new COVID-19 safety guidance from the Commonwealth of Virginia, announced last week.
Should the State issue new guidance in the future, VCU Athletics will adjust accordingly.
A limited number of tickets will be made available to VCU students and guests of student-athletes. Approximately 175 seats will be reserved for season ticket holders. VCU Athletics will determine access to season tickets based on giving level and rank within each giving level, consistent with the Seat Equity model. VCU Athletics has created protocols to make unused tickets available to Ram Athletic Fund members on a single-game basis.
Season ticket holders will receive notice by Wednesday, Nov. 18 if they qualify for the new limited capacity model. Ticket holders who do not meet the limited capacity qualifications will have a variety of options, including the ability to transfer their season ticket donation to a Ram Athletic Fund gift for 2021-22 or a refund.
“We regret that we cannot have our usual full capacity to start the men’s basketball season,” McLaughlin said. “Our loyal, dedicated fans make our home games the best environment in college basketball and we will miss everyone who cannot attend in person. We will continue to work with all parties in an effort to maximize capacity beyond the current guidelines as the season progresses.”
VCU Athletics will limit seating to the arena bowl in a socially-distanced manner, with a buffer zone around the court to prevent contact between fans and participants. Courtside seating and the Tommy J. West Club will be closed. Ticket holders in those areas will have the opportunity to sit in the bowl area.
We here at RVAHub are in communication with the Rams and are hoping to have a photographer at the game but that isn’t confirmed yet.
Photos: Surfing Z Dam
Floodwaters bring out the skilled river riders to take to the waves at Z Dam. These photos were shot Saturday afternoon.