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Photos and Game Summary: Spiders Dominate Rams

The Spiders took the lead shortly after tip-off and never looked back.

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UR (19-6,9-3 Atlantic 10): 77
VCU (17-8,7-5 Atlantic 10): 59

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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.

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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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Photos and Game Summary: Wolfpack Gets the Rams

The Rams fall 2-1 to the visitors from North Carolina.

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Official VCU Game Summary

Final Score: NC State 2, VCU 1
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU: 3-1-1, NC State 4-0-1

THE SHORT STORY
Junior Ana Bagley’s goal in the in the 44th minute was not enough for VCU Women’s Soccer as the Rams fell 2-1 to NC State Sunday afternoon at Sports Backers Stadium.

QUICK FACTS

  • Bagley’s goal was her second of the season
  • VCU totaled seven shots in the game
  • The Wolfpack recorded 13 shots and placed eight on goal
  • Rams’ junior goalkeeper tallied four saves all of which came in the first half
  • NC State possessed the ball for 62% of the game

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • With the game scoreless in the final minute of the first half, senior Karen Lohrmann struck a cross into the center of the NC State box. Bagley came flying in and headed the ball into the right side of the net to give the Rams a 1-0 lead before the break
  • In the 63rd minute, NC State senior Mikhail Johnson received a pass from sophomore Jameese Joseph. Johnson sidestepped a VCU defender and found the back of the net to even the score
  • Wolfpack freshman Cara Elmendorf scored the game-winning goal in the 79th minute
  • The Rams had a chance to take back the lead in the 75th minute, but a cross by redshirt-junior Ellen McAdams narrowly missed the right foot of forward Samantha Jerabek
  • VCU put pressure on the NC State back line to open the second half. The Rams fired four shots in the opening ten minutes, but were unable to convert

WHAT’S NEXT
The Rams will be back at Sports Backers Stadium on Saturday to face Virginia in the sixth game of their eight-game season-opening homestand. The match is scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. will be available for live stream on ESPN+.

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Photos and Game Summary: Rams Battle Elements and William and Mary for Draw

A Samantha Jerabek goal in the 81st minute evened the scoring as VCU Women’s Soccer battled William & Mary to a 1-1 draw Friday night.

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Official VCU Game Summary

Final Score: VCU 1, William & Mary 1
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU: 3-0-1, William & Mary 0-0-1

THE SHORT STORY
Samantha Jerabek goal in the 81st minute evened the scoring as VCU Women’s Soccer battled William & Mary to a 1-1 draw Friday night at Sports Backers Stadium.

QUICK FACTS

  • The goal was Jerabek’s fifth of the season
  • The redshirt junior led the Rams with four total shots and two shots on goal
  • VCU recorded six corners to William & Mary’s three
  • The Tribe committed 18 fouls in the match
  • Each team placed five of 16 shots on goal

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Trailing by a goal in the 81st minute, junior Lana Golob fired a long-range shot from just across midfield. The Tribe’s junior goalkeeper Zoe Doughty deflected the ball into the center of the box and Jerabek placed it in the bottom-left corner.
  • VCU put pressure on the William & Mary back line throughout the entirety of the first half. The Rams had several chances but were ultimately unable to find the back of the net.
  • In the 12th minute, redshirt-junior Emma Kershner struck a corner that missed Doughty’s outstretched arms and connected with the crossbar, narrowly missing the goal.
  • Jerabek had the Rams final chance in the 108th minute. The redshirt junior sidestepped a William & Mary defender in the box and blasted a shot that went just wide of the goal.

WHAT’S NEXT
The Rams will be back at Sports Backers Stadium on Sunday to face NC State in the fifth game of their eight-game season-opening homestand. The match is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. will be available for live stream on ESPN+.

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Photos and Game Summary: North Carolina State Ruins Ram Home Opener

It was the home opener for the Rams and it didn’t go well.

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Official VCU Game Summary

Final Score: N.C. State 1, VCU 0
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU (0-1-0), N.C. State (2-6-1)

The Short Story: The Rams dominated possession in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome the 1-0 deficit to N.C. State Wednesday night at Sports Backers Stadium.

QUICK FACTS: 

  • Senior defender Ulrik Edvardsen and redshirt-junior Fiorre Mane each registered two shots for the Rams
  • VCU took eight corner kicks to N.C. State’s four
  • Rams attackers Biska Biyombo and Celio Pompeu each placed one shot on target
  • The Rams registered one more shot attempt than the Wolfpack
  • N.C. State placed three of their shots on target compared to VCU’s two
  • Each team came away with two saves

HOW IT HAPPENED: 

  • In the 41st minute, N.C. State midfielder Tal Segev looped an in-swinging corner kick directly into the goal. The 1-0 advantage would prove to be all the Wolfpack needed to secure a victory
  • In the second half the Rams enjoyed most of the ball. Their pressure was highlighted by a flurry of quality scoring chances around 70th minute. Edvardson was denied by the post, while sophomore Celio Pompeu’s effort on goal was denied by N.C. State goalkeeper Leon Krapf
  • The Rams continued to press toward goal deep into the 90 minutes as Mane sailed an 85th minute header over the crossbar

HEAD COACH DAVE GIFFARD

“I’ll start off by saying that in this crazy year, we are blessed to finally be able to play a real game for the first time since November of 2019.

In regards to the game tonight, although I was disappointed not to at least get the goal back in the 2nd half, I was pleased with our progression throughout the 90 minutes.  This is a very talented and dangerous team that just needs to play games and learn the things that only games can teach you. I thought we learned a ton tonight, just as we did in the 60 minutes we got against Georgetown. We’ll look at the video, and hopefully learn even more as a group the next few days. With any luck, we’ll get to play another game this weekend and try to put those things into practice.”

WHAT’S NEXT 

The Rams will travel to Johnson City, Tennessee to take on ETSU on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

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