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Photos and Game Summary: Strong 2nd Half Lifts Spiders to Victory in Final Home Game

After being down for most of the 1st half Richmond charged back with Richmond junior guard Nick Sherod leading the way with 17 2nd half points.

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UR (23-7,13-4 Atlantic 10): 80
Davidson (15-14,9-8 Atlantic 10): 63

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Richmond junior guard Nick Sherod (Richmond, Va.) erupted for 17 second half points as the Spiders out-scored Davidson 50-29 after halftime en route to a convincing 80-63 Atlantic 10 Conference victory over the Wildcats at the Robins Center.

The victory secures the Spiders the second or third seed and a double bye in the 2020 A-10 Conference Tournament in Brooklyn, meaning Richmond won’t open play until Friday evening, March 13 in the quarterfinals round. With the win, Richmond improved to 23-7 overall, tied for the fourth-most wins in a season in school history, and 13-4 in the Atlantic 10, tied for their most conference wins since joining the A-10 in 2001.

Sherod led four Spiders in double figures with 19 points, 17 of which came after the break. He connected on five 3-pointers in the second half as the Spiders hit 8-of-15 from three-point range in the final 20 minutes after not hitting one shot from distance in the opening half (0-4).

Redshirt junior guard Blake Francis (Herndon, Va.) added 18 points, 14 of which came in the second half to help the Spiders sweep the season series against Davidson. Richmond is now 6-2 against the Wildcats over the last four years and has won eight of its last nine games overall following back-to-back losses to Dayton and VCU at the end of January.

Junior forward Grant Golden (Winchester, Va.) added 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and 5-of-7 shooting from the free throw line. Junior forward Nathan Cayo (Montreal, Quebec) rounded out the Spiders in double figures with 11 points and eight rebounds as he helped the Spiders out-rebound Davidson 36-25 in the win.

Junior guard Jacob Gilyard (Kansas City, Mo.) finished just shy of double figures with nine points. He also contributed a game-high eight assists, giving 168 for the season, fourth-most in a single campaign in Spiders history.

“Not everybody could have so many guys be able to score and contribute,” said coach Chris Mooney. “Our guys can score at a high level and when the ball is moving we’re really difficult to guard. I don’t know if this is the best offensive team we’ve ever had but one of the reasons it’s really special is we’re aggressive and we know how to play and move the ball and share the ball.”

Davidson (15-14, 9-8 A-10) started strong, hitting its first four shot from the field including its first three three-pointers to take an 11-2 lead. The Spiders found themselves trailing 19-9 before scoring 10-straight on their way to a 13-2 run that gave them a 22-21 lead with eight minutes remaining in the half. Sophomore guard Andre Gustavson (Helsinki, Finland) came off the bench and scored four-straight points while Gilyard added four points in the run. Golden capped the run and gave the Spiders their first lead by converting a three-point play.

The Wildcats closed the half on a 10-4 run, including a near half-court shot buzzer beater from Carter Collins to give Davidson a 34-30 lead at the break. “We addressed the little bit of frustration we showed [in the first half] at halftime,” said Mooney. “You can’t anticipate that everything will go your way. They’re playing really hard and we can’t anticipate that every shot can go in and every call will go our way. … We didn’t get knocked out of our game or get distracted.”

Davidson would it make its first three-pointer of the second half to take a 37-30 lead but the Spiders responded with a 10-3 run, tying the game at 40-40. Francis ignited the run by hitting Richmond’s first three-pointer of the game in transition, one of eight the Spiders would hit in the half.

The game was tied 55-55 with 8:02 remaining before the Spiders put the game out of reach with a 25-8 run down the stretch. Richmond scored 15 of the next 19 points as Sherod couldn’t miss, hitting three three-pointers in one two-minute stretch.

Richmond continued to put the pedal down on both ends of the floor and its defense led to baskets on the offensive end. Sherod scored 14 of his 19 points in the final 8:02 of the game, hitting four three-pointers in that stretch. Francis added four points down the stretch while Gilyard got in the act with four points, including a three-pointer.

Richmond finished its home schedule with a 14-2 mark at the Robins Center, including 11 wins by 15 or more points, the most 15-point wins at home in a season in school history.

Richmond will conclude its regular-season schedule Friday evening on the road at Duquesne. The game will tip at 7 PM and be shown on ESPN Plus.

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Students and teachers are transitioning from classroom to computer as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise. Not every subject lends itself to a smooth transition to distance learning, as students and instructors have discovered.

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Students and teachers at all levels of education are transitioning from classroom to computer as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise. Not every subject lends itself to a smooth transition to distance learning, as students and instructors have discovered.

“I think we’re all really frustrated,” said Jordyn Wade, a fashion design major at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. “But we know that our professors are doing what they can in a really unprecedented situation.”

Wade said that she and her classmates are now meeting remotely through Zoom, a video conferencing platform. Zoom allows students to meet virtually during a time when people can’t meet physically, but distance learning poses challenges for courses that require more than a lecture, like art classes and lab components of science classes.

Students like Wade worked mostly with industrial grade equipment.

“We kind of rely heavily on the school for supplies like sewing machines and the industrial equipment that can cost thousands of dollars,” Wade said. “Now we just stare at each other and they ask us,‘What can you guys do? Can you hand sew an entire jacket before the end of the month?’”

Wade said that one of the most frustrating aspects of distance learning is not being able to receive direct feedback from professors.

“We can’t ask our professors what’s wrong with the garment that we’re making, we can just send them pictures and hope they can figure it out from afar,” Wade said.

Chloe Pallak, a student in VCU’s art program said that many of her projects are being graded on whether or not they are complete.

“To get a grade for an assignment, you just have to do it,” Pallak said. “It really takes away the motivation of wanting to make art and not just complete the assignment.”

Courses that include lab components, such as classes in environmental science, also face challenges as classes move online. Griffin Erney, an environmental studies major at VCU, said that distance learning prevents students from accessing lab materials that are typically provided in the classroom.

“Before the class was online we would just do different activities and be provided with the materials,” Erney said. “Having labs online is more challenging, on top of all the work that we already have.”

On Monday, Gov. Ralph Northam issued an order that closed down all K-12 schools in the state for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Davide D’Urbino, a chemistry and organic chemistry teacher at Clover Hill High School in Chesterfield County, said he plans on using computer applications to supplement labs that cannot be completed in the classroom. He said the school division requested that teachers hold off on introducing new learning material.

“The expectation was that you could teach new stuff, but then you have to go back in class and reteach it,” D’Urbino said.

D’Urbino said teachers aren’t allowed to teach new material online because some students may not have internet access. He said he understands why the school division has placed these restrictions but said it “feels weird.”

Distance learning has also presented challenges to teachers trying to adapt to lecturing online.

“Some people say teaching is 75 percent theater, you just go out there and do improv. You can’t really do that online,” D’Urbino said. “It’s very difficult to intervene and correct course if you realize something isn’t quite working out.”

Teachers have also scrambled for ways to continue instruction for students that lack access to the internet.

Janice Barton, a 5th grade science teacher at Honaker Elementary School in Russell County, said that about half of the 60 students she teaches have access to the internet. She said the school is using Google Classroom, a web platform that allows teachers to share files with students through the internet. For students without internet access, teachers create physical packets of learning content.

“We’re working as grade levels, we’re going in and working together to put the packets together,” Barton said. “We have pickup days and drop-off days, and that’s how we are working and dealing with this right now.”

Barton said the school uses phone calls, emails, and the app Remind, which allows teachers to send messages to students to keep in contact with parents and students.

While local school divisions are tasked with making decisions on how to pursue distance learning, the Virginia Department of Education issued guidance to help divisions continue instruction.

VDOE’s guidance to local school divisions includes offering instruction during the summer of 2020, extending the school term or adjusting the next, and adding learning modules to extended school calendars.

Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane issued guidance regarding eight high school senior graduation requirements and will be issuing further guidance for half of those, which can not be waived outright.

Two other graduation requirements — training in emergency first aid and the completion of a virtual course — require action by the General Assembly in order to be waived.

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Richmond Police seek missing Northside woman last seen in Washington, D.C.

Candis H. Bellah, 32, is missing from the 3800 block of Chamberlayne Avenue. Bellah was last seen in Washington, D.C. on Monday, March 16 and was expected to return to Richmond on that same day but has not been seen.

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The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing person.

Candis H. Bellah, 32, is missing from the 3800 block of Chamberlayne Avenue. Bellah was last seen in Washington, D.C. on Monday, March 16 and was expected to return to Richmond on that same day but has not been seen.

Anyone with information on Bellah is asked to call Detective A. Darnell at (804) 363-0878 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.

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