Written by Noah Goldberg
Coming off of a nail biting loss at St. Joe’s, the Spiders will look to regroup this Saturday at home where they’ll face St. Bonaventure’s. Richmond has been on a major skid in conference play, opening up 1-5 and having lost their last three in a row.
Sophomores Jacob Gilyard and Grant Golden have been inconsistent lately, seeming to be unable to click at the same time. At Davidson last Saturday Golden struggled to find any rhythm on offense and sat for much of the second half. He only played 23 minutes on the night despite being an A10 Player of the Year candidate.
Gilyard had been the Spiders’ best and most prolific three point shooter this year but in the three game skid has shot an abysmal 4-17 from past the arc. A team that had been in the upper third in the A10 in three point shooting has seemed to disappear from deep.
Asked if he’s noticed anything off mechanically in his shot Gilyard responded, “I would say it’s just a feel thing. I didn’t like Davidson’s basketball, I mean obviously that’s something you can’t blame it on, but I shot poorly at St. Joe’s so it’s just something I have to get out of.”
While St. Bonaventure’s is only 3-3 in the A10, they’ve been banged up this year and are a stronger team than the record’s shown. As the Spiders return back to Robins consecutive road trips, it’ll be crucial for the Spiders to come out strong on the glass if they want to avoid dropping to 1-6 in the conference.
Richmond was outrebounded against the Hawks on Wednesday by 21 so they’ll need to get Golden and Cayo help down low. Charlie Brown Jr, the Hawks’ standout sophomore, pulled down 14 himself, eight of which came on the offensive end. While St. Bonnie’s is only 4th in the A10 in rpg, they allow opposing teams the second least rebounds per game. I’d look to see if freshman Sal Koureissi potentially gets more minutes this game by utilizing his length to help Golden and Cayo on the glass.
The Spiders currently sit at 7-12 (1-5) which leaves them 3rd to last in the A10, ahead of Umass and Fordham who are both winless in the conference. They’ll look to avoid their fourth straight loss tomorrow in the Robins Center with tip off at 6pm against St. Bonaventure’s.