On Wednesday, your (5-1) Georgetown Hoyas will face a struggling, hurt (2-4) Richmond Spiders team at 7pm at the Capital One Arena. The Spiders, led by Coach Chris Mooney, come to Washington, DC after the Patrick Ewing and the Hoyas traveled to Richmond last year.
Jessie Govan, Trey Mourning, and Josh LeBlanc will be tasked with matching up with the Spiders’ best scorer and tallest player on the roster in Grant Golden, who tormented the Hoyas last year with 24 points, along with forward Nathan Cayo. While James Akinjo, Mac McClung, and Jagan Mosely will have to deal with guards Jacob Gilyard (maybe),
Nick Sherod (injured), and Jake Wojcik. Here are the links:
The Spiders were without starting point guard and second-leading scorer Jacob Gilyard, who missed the game after suffering a groin injury against Wyoming, and Nick Sherod, Richmond’s most experienced starter and third-leading scorer, exited the game midway through the first half with a knee injury...
With two of the team’s three leading scorers unavailable, sophomore Nate Cayo had his most productive night as a Spider, totaling a career-high 23 points on 9-12 shooting from the field. Sophomore Grant Golden registered his 13th career 20-point game and second straight, finishing with 22.
Andre Gustavson, a freshman, finished with a season-high eight points in 26 minutes.
Without this play, we would have lost by 22 at home to Hampton! https://t.co/yNYL8Urnsw— Fire Mooney Mafia (@FireMooneyMafia) November 26, 2018
Sherod tore the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) ... with 4:36 left in the first half of Richmond’s 86-66 loss to the Pirates at the Robins Center. Heading into that game, Sherod was averaging 36 minutes, 15.2 points and 6 rebounds.
Sherod has played in 73 UR games, and started 56 of them...
Sherod’s loss comes after Richmond sophomore point guard Jacob Gilyard suffered a groin strain Nov. 21 vs. Wyoming in the third-place game of the Fort Myers Tip-Off...
Mooney said after the Hampton game that Gilyard would be evaluated daily...
Not having Gilyard and Sherod is no excuse to lose to Hampton (Big South) by 20 at home. UR now 2-4 on the season w/ multiple Big South losses. 100% on Mooney - #FireMooney— #FreeLauletta (@RollSpides) November 26, 2018
This is humiliating. Someone wake the hell up over there and make the damn change. If there's anyone left who cares about this program at all, which seems doubtful at this point.#FIREMOONEY— Fire Mooney Mafia (@FireMooneyMafia) November 26, 2018
Getting into position to win wasn’t the University of Richmond’s problem in its two-game trip to the Fort Myers Tip-Off Monday and Wednesday. The Spiders failed to close the deal either night.
In the semifinals, UR (2-3) trailed Loyola-Chicago 52-48 with 13:37 left, and was outscored 22-4 in the next 6:37 on the way to an 82-66 defeat. In the third-place game, Richmond led Wyoming 41-30 early in the second half, and 66-61 with 1:30 left. The Cowboys scored the evening’s final 7 points to win 68-66.
In both games, most of UR’s starters played without much rest, perhaps one factor in the second-half fades.
The @Flemings Prime Steakhouse Sizzling Plays of the Game from Fort Myers are a pair of finishes from Grant Golden. First off the pick-and-roll from Jacob Gilyard, then the flush after the no-look from Julius Johnson. Congrats GG on being named to the All-Tournament Team. pic.twitter.com/VbJN2kEWBK— Richmond Basketball (@SpiderMBB) November 23, 2018
The Spiders System - Over his 14 seasons at Richmond, Coach Mooney’s offense has evolved into a system that embodies the concept of “basketball without positions.” While shorter players will begin most possessions further away from the basket and taller players will begin most possessions on the wing or in the paint, they will rarely end up anywhere near where they started.
On each possession, every player on the court is equally as likely to handle the ball, shoot a three, cut back door, or set up on the low block. The Spiders offense places a premium on passing, cutting, and outside shooting, and Richmond’s coaches focus on developing those skills in each Spider.
Soak it in, Spider fans. This is the highlight of the tournament for us. https://t.co/et9gF8j6RH— Fire Mooney Mafia (@FireMooneyMafia) November 19, 2018
This program is a total disaster.— Fire Mooney Mafia (@FireMooneyMafia) November 10, 2018