Written by Noah Goldberg
Richmond left Charlotte last Saturday with their fourth A10 loss in five games, their first 1-4 start since 2007. Davidson repeatedly torched the Spiders from three, knocking down fourteen in the game. Freshman Luke Frampton locked in for eight of those, scoring 24 points. By comparison, the Spiders were just 6-21 from three, a 29% clip. As unconscious as the Wildcats were from deep, the scouting report on them was out as they lead the A10 in three point shooting this year.
Richmond will take on the only A10 team to knock off the Wildcats this year, St. Joe’s. Despite missing two starters, the Hawks shocked Davidson with a one point victory in Hagan Arena. Although Davidson is competing for a conference championship this year, the Hawks are still only 1-5 in the A10 which makes this a very crucial and winnable road game for Richmond.
Former A10 All-Rookie Team Charlie Brown Jr will look to have a bounce back game against the Spiders coming off of a 1-11 shooting performance against St. Louis. While he is 2-10 from three in his last two games, Brown is shooting nearly 41% on the year so look for him to try to expose the Spiders’ shaky perimeter defense of late. He’s averaging about 19 points per game this year after missing time early in the season with a wrist injury.
Spider forward Grant Golden played only 23 minutes at Davidson last Saturday, struggling from both the field (5-13) and the free throw line (4-7). Coach Mooney said after the game he was looking for Grant “to be more aggressive.” The Spiders will certainly need him to be aggressive by attacking both the basket and the boards. They were outrebounded 43-27 by Davidson, also allowing 11 of those on the offensive end. In a starting lineup that features two freshmen guards and a 5’ 9” Jacob Gilyard, there will be a lot of responsibility on both Golden and Nathan Cayo on the glass.
Speaking of Gilyard, the Spiders will need him to step it up from the perimeter. Going into Davidson, Richmond was averaging 23 ppg from three as a team. Gilyard contributes a large portion of those and had been one of the more consistent shooters this season until recently. On Saturday he was merely 2-7 and was 1-4 before that against Duquesne. With inconsistent play from freshman guard Jake Wojcik and fellow backcourt freshman Andre Gustavson still developing, Gilyard has to increase the volume and efficiency of his shooting for the Spiders to be successful the rest of the way.
Tip off between Richmond and St. Joe’s is tonight at 7:00 pm from Hagan Arena in Philly. You can catch in on 99.5 FM & 950 AM ESPN starting at 6:30.