Written by Noah Goldberg
December 5, 2018
University of Richmond basketball dominated the Coppin St Eagles tonight, winning 82-47. The Spiders got hot from deep early, starting out 9-13 with about 12 minutes left in the first half. Shooting would end up being the story for the rest of the nights as the Eagles shot a measly 34% from the field while the Spiders made 50% of their buckets. UR finished the night 13-28 from three while Coppin St only hit 2-16.
Coppin St struggled to generate offense due to the Spiders’ continued pesky defense. Richmond scored 18 points off of 15 Eagle turnovers along with 10 steals. Half of those steals were accumulated by Spider freshmen Andre Gustavson who turned in an excellent performance in 26 minutes of play. He scored 12 points, had 5 steals, 4 rebounds, and two assists along with a game leading +28 point differential. Fellow freshmen Sal Koureissi also saw an increase of minutes, playing for 20. He was able to put up his first career double digit game with 10 points.
The Spiders were pretty much dominant in all facets of the game, especially in transition. Right out of the gates sophomore forward Nathan Cayo drew a foul on an attempted dunk in transition. Gustavson also drew a foul and made a layup on two separate transition buckets. Richmond finished the first half with a steal leading to a transition tip-in by freshman Bryce Schneider at the buzzer, his first career points.
Early dominance allowed Coach Mooney to rest some of his starters, with redshirt sophomores Grant Golden and Jacob Gilyard playing 17 and 19 minutes respectively. This allowed the bench to get more involved, scoring 41 of Richmond’s 82 points on the night. Matt Grace, Bryce Schneider, Koureissi, Gustavson, and Tomas Verbinskis all played double digit minutes in addition to 9:40 from senior walk-on Keith Oddo.
Despite a strong performance from the Spiders, freshman Jake Wojcik continued his struggles from last saturday’s scoreless game, going a mere 2-2 from the field and fouling out with about five minutes left. Coach Mooney spoke on what adjustments he looks for from Wojcik going forward. “Really just playing. Don’t worry about anything. Just concentrate on all these little details. Ya know, where you’re supposed to be on defense…Sometimes you’re trying to get yourself out of a slump…and you start doing things that are out of character.” The Spiders improve to a 4-5 record heading into a ten day break. They’ll face Oral Roberts next on Saturday December 15 at the Robins Center.