Richmond defense shuts down Howard in 54-41 win

ur-spiders1The Richmond defense shut down Howard in the second half en route to a 54-41 win in the first game of the Gotham Classic at the Robins Center.

Richmond (4-4) held Howard (5-6) to 29.5 percent shooting for the game and a paltry 4-of-23 (17.4 percent) from the field in the second half.

The Spiders forced a season-best 21 turnovers, turning those into 21 points. The Spiders also held a 9-1 edge in second-chance points with 10 offensive rebounds. Overall, rebounds were nearly even with Howard holding a slim 33-32 advantage.

Eight players reached the scoring column for the Spiders, while only three players hit field goals for Howard.

ShawnDre’ Jones led the way with 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting from long range. It was Jones’ third double-figure scoring game of the year. He also had two assists and two steals.

Terry Allen scored nine points, going a perfect 7-of-7 from the line. Deion Taylor, Kendall Anthony and Alonzo Nelson-Ododa all scored eight points.

Taylor earned his second start of the season and put together his best performance of the season. His energy and hustle earned him a season-high seven rebounds and two steals.

“I thought we played really well defensively,” head coach Chris Mooney said. “We held them to a great defensive field goal percentage and we turned them over a lot. We were able to capitalize on some of those turnovers. I thought we were much more aggressive than we’ve been, but a little bit choppy at times.”

Howard’s James Daniell III scored a game-high 18 points, while James Carlton added 12 points and six rebounds. James Miller scored 10 points to round out Howard’s only three scorers from the field.

The Spiders built a 17-point lead in the first half by going on a 21-2 run over 10 minutes, leading 24-7 with 8:58 left. But Howard was able to slow down the Spider onslaught with its own defensive stand and improved shooting, cutting the lead to 28-23 at halftime.

After a Daniel III three cut Richmond’s lead to 33-30 with 16:39 left, Richmond shut down Howard entirely on the defensive end. Howard only made one more field goal until the final 10 seconds of the game.

Jones hit a big corner three-pointer with 8:10 left and Richmond’s aggressiveness led to 17 second-half free throw attempts which kept the Spiders comfortably in the lead down the stretch.

Richmond continues in the Gotham Classic by hosting South Alabama on Thursday night at 7 p.m.

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is now available at a special pre-sale discounted price of $20. The book is expected to ship by June 10, 2019, and will retail for $25.
Pre-order for $20: click here.


The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.
 
augusta free press

Related Content

Shop Google


Comments

%d bloggers like this: