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Photos and Game Summary: Rams Fall Short in Overtime Against Duquesne

The last home game for the Rams didn’t finish on a high note. The Rams have lost six of the past seven games.

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VCU (18-12,8-9 Atlantic): 77
Duquesne (21-8,11-6 Atlantic): 80

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Official VCU Game Summary

The short story: Junior forward Marcus Santos-Silva led all scorers with 24 points for VCU, but it wasn’t enough to hold off comeback-minded Duquesne Tuesday night at the Siegel Center.

OPENING TIP

  • Santos-Silva scored 16 of his points in the second half and overtime to lead the VCU cause. He finished 9-of-14 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds, ripped three steals and blocked two shots
  • Senior Issac Vann matched his season-high with 13 points after shooting 5-for-8 from the field for the Black and Gold
  • Senior Mike’L Simms poured in 10 points for VCU. The veteran also snatched three boards. In addition, freshman guard Bones Hyland played a career-high 36 minutes and provided 13 points
  • Duquesne guard Tavian Dunn-Martin dropped a team-high 23 points and grabbed five rebounds

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Duquesne’s Baylee Steele buried a go-ahead 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 1:58 left in overtime. Santos-Silva pulled the Rams within 78-77 with a bucket with 1:35 remaining, but the Black and Gold could get no closer. VCU missed a pair of 3-point jumpers in the closing moments and Duquesne’s Marcus Weathers connected on a pair of free throws to provide the final margin
  • VCU led twice in in the extra period, including 75-72 on a 3-pointer from the wing by Hyland with 3:42 showing
  • VCU led by as many as 12 points with 8:41 left, but Duquesne used a 12-2 run, punctuated by a 3-pointer by Lamar Norman Jr., to cut the lead to 63-61 with 4:54 left. The teams battled down the stretch, but Norman Jr. drove and hit a game-typing baseline jumper with 5.9 seconds left to force overtime
  • Duquesne owned a 40-29 advantage on the glass. The Dukes corralled 13 offensive rebounds to turned them into 18 second-chance points

NOTABLE

  • VCU scored 48 points in the paint
  • The Rams finished the regular season at home at 14-4
  • Tonight’s overtime battle was the first extra time that the Rams played this season
  • VCU leads the all-time series against Duquesne 7-1
  • Tuesday marked the 152nd consecutive sellout at the Stuart C. Siegel Center

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Councilmember Addison distributing PPE supplies at two sites in the First District this weekend

More than 600 face masks and bottles of hand sanitizer will be distributed at two different events mid-day Saturday, May 30th.

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If you’re in need of some personal protective equipment, or PPE, and you live in the First District, this weekend you can pick some up from Councilmember Andreas Addison at two different locations. More than 600 face masks and bottles of hand sanitizer will be distributed at the events below.

Both events take place Saturday, May 30th from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM; one at Albert Hill Middle School at 3400 Patterson Avenue, and the other at the West End Branch Public Library at 5420 Patterson Avenue.

Supplies will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Stoney: City to “cautiously move” into Phase 1 of reopening plan on Friday, May 29th

On Thursday, Mayor Stoney announced that the City of Richmond will cautiously move into Phase 1 of Forward Virginia, the state’s reopening plan. Masks will be required in all indoor spaces and restaurants will be asked to voluntarily connect patrons’ information for contact tracing purposes.

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On Thursday, Mayor Stoney announced that the City of Richmond will cautiously move into Phase 1 of Forward Virginia, the state’s reopening plan.

“When I look at the picture in totality, given the added tools at our disposal, the current trends in our local data and my faith in Richmonders to look out for one another, I believe that Richmond can cautiously move into Phase 1 on Friday, May 29,” said Mayor Stoney at Thursday’s press conference.

During the first delay that the City of Richmond requested, the Stoney administration and Richmond City Health District expanded testing efforts, implemented a contact tracing effort, ensured every COVID-19 positive Richmonder will be able to isolate safely and securely with supported isolation, and advocated for a statewide mask requirement.

The city initially requested a modified Phase 1 reopening that maintained restrictions on places of worship and personal care and grooming services, as mass gatherings and close personal contact for extended periods of time both significantly increase chance of community spread.

Because the governor denied the city’s modified plan for reopening, Richmond will move into Phase 1 of Forward Virginia, the state’s reopening plan, with strong recommendations reflecting the mayor’s proposed modifications. Local guidance and helpful links to state guidance are available here. The state has yet to provide guidance on what Phases 2 and 3 will include.

The mayor detailed a number of best practices for residents and business owners to ensure that the city moves into Phase 1 cautiously. The best practices emerged from conversations between the Stoney administration and members of the business community, faith leadership, and health professionals.

  1. All residents who are medically able to should wear a face-covering that covers the mouth and nose when in public spaces. The wearing of a face covering does not negate the need for 6-foot social distancing.
  2. Faith communities should continue to meet virtually if possible. If in-person meetings are absolutely necessary, the mayor strongly recommends faith groups meet outside while practicing strict social distancing and enforcing the face-covering requirement.
  3. Food and drink establishments that choose to offer outdoor service at half capacity are asked to request a name and contact information of patrons who dine in for contact tracing purposes. This practice is voluntary for both patrons and restaurants. However, collecting this small amount of information for each dine-in party will go far in assisting the Richmond City Health District in tracing and containing outbreaks. Guidance on this practice is available here.

The mayor made two requests of the state: to continue to assist the city in further expanding testing capacity and in providing adequate face-coverings and hand sanitizer throughout the capital city.

“Quite frankly, we’re going to need more support from the state for our residents and our businesses to reopen safely and sustainably,” the mayor noted in his appeal. “I make these recommendations and requests of the state because, as has been my mantra this entire pandemic. Reopening should be slow and steady.”

“When public health is on the line, blindly pushing forward is not an option. Decisions must be thoughtful, and they must be based in our collective knowledge of and love for our city.”

See more reopening guidance for local businesses here: www.rvastrong.org/reopeningguidance.

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Hill Standard’s Website is Live

More details on the latest development on Forest Hill Avenue.

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Nearly weekly on local social media the question comes up, What are they building next to the school (4910-20 Forest Hill Avenue)? You will no longer have to explain that it’s a mixed-use pair of buildings that will include apartments, a brewery, coffee shop, and an ice cream shop. Now you can simply give them this link (https://www.hillstandardrva.com/hill-standard-richmond-va/) and send them on their merry way.

If you’re thinking of moving in, one-bedroom apartments start at $1,225 while a two-bedroom will start at $1,943.

If you’re thinking of getting a beer, the Veil satellite brewery is planning on being open in September.

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