Written by Noah Goldberg
The Spiders went into Philly coming off of a 13 point loss at Davidson last Saturday. Grant Golden played only 23 minutes in that game with coach Mooney saying he was looking for Golden to be more aggressive. More aggressive he was, finishing the game with 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists, although wasn’t able to find much more help from his teammates besides Nate Cayo. While Cayo added 21 points on the night, the Spiders without him and Golden only shot 9-26 from the floor.
After holding A10 star Kellan Grady to a limited offensive outpour in their last game, the Spiders couldn’t keep St. Joe’s leading scorer in check. Despite a 1-8 shooting start, Charlie Brown Jr was unstoppable for most of the second half. He torched Richmond’s defense for 31 points and 14 rebounds, knocking down 5 three pointers.
Speaking of the three, the Spiders have done little to both stop it or make it as of late. Last Saturday, they allowed Davidson to hit 14 of them, including 8 by Luke Frampton. At the same time, Richmond went only 6-21 themselves.
Tonight they allowed the Hawks to knock down 12 on 28 attempts despite averaging about 8 per game. For the second game in a row, Richmond was below 30% on the deep ball, going 6-22.
They led the Hawks by 12 at the half, dropping 43 points to the Hawks’ 31. The offense was rolling, mainly led by Golden. With about 13 minutes left in the second half, St. Joe’s switched to a zone defense heavily disrupted the Spider’s offensive rhythm and allowed the Hawks to climb back into the game.
With about 34 seconds in the game Taylor Funk hit a huge three to tie things up at 70. Coming out of a time out, the Spiders worked the ball to Golden at the baseline just left of the basket. Going up for the layup, Funk came up huge again, this time with a block and the ball went out of bounds off of Golden with just under 10 seconds remaining.
Bringing the ball up court, the Hawks got the ball to Jared Bynum. Bynum drove down the left side of the lane and what seemed like a steal was ruled a foul on Jacob Gilyard. This automatically sent Bynum to the line for a one and one opportunity as it was the Spiders’ eighth foul. He knocked down both and, following a failed fullcourt pass by Cayo to Wojcik, sent the Hawks to a 74-70 victory.
Lacking true big men other than Grant Golden, the Spiders have struggled on the glass all season. They rank dead last in the A10 in rebounding and it really showed tonight. They lost the boards battle by 22 tonight including 8 offensive rebounds by Brown alone.
Besides Grant, freshman Matt Grace is the only other true power forward/center on the roster. Standing at 6’ 9” 210lb, he’s getting about 1.4 rpg this year as he continues to develop. While Cayo has been a strong rebounder all season, Golden has little support down low.
Sophomore Jacob Gilyard couldn’t find his stroke at all tonight. He shot 4-11 (1-6 3FG) and dropped a mere 9 points. Despite two 20+ point performances, the supporting cast failed to show up for the Spiders tonight. They fell to the St. Joseph’s Hawks 74-70 and drop to 7-12 (1-5). They’ll come back to the Robins Center on Saturday where they’ll look to right the ship against St. Bonaventure’s at 6pm.