Written by Noah Goldberg
Edited by Charles Simmonds
The Spiders will look to rediscover themselves on offense against Fordham on Wednesday following a loss at VCU last week.
Richmond struggled to get their offense rolling in “The Stu” against the notorious “havoc defense.” The Rams (VCU) are the top team in the nation at defending the three and certainly proved it. They held the Spiders to six made threes on fourteen attempts. Despite an efficient percentage, fourteen attempts shows how limiting Marcus Evans and company was behind the arc.
Fortunately, a week off and a matchup with Fordham, the lesser of the Rams, should be a good recipe for a rebound week. The Rams of New York sit thirteenth in the A10 at 2-10, one spot ahead of UMass. They are, however, the fifth ranked team in the conference in points allowed per game and also shoot the three at 34%.
The Spiders will need to focus on the perimeter defensively as the Rams lack a physical presence in the post. While Richmond may be the worst rebounding team in the A10, Fordham is only one spot higher. In a battle of the six-foot and under club, Jacob Gilyard will have to lock in on freshman star Nick Honor, who’s averaging 16 points per game, and limit his outside shots for Richmond to have success.
Spider freshman Sal Koureissi, formerly the number eight high school recruit from New York (via 247sports.com), has continued to see his role increase. He had his best game of the year against GW two contests ago, scoring ten points and also pulling in five rebounds. Head coach Chris Mooney said of Koureissi’s role on Tuesday, “I think he played maybe 11 minutes the other night and I think that number could get up into the teens. He brings some really positive things to our team.”
Koureissi and the rest of the bench will certainly need to contribute more against Fordham. VCU’s reserves outscored the Spiders’ 28-1 last week, placing immense pressure on the sophomore trio of Grant Golden, Nathan Cayo, and Gilyard. The formula has been fairly simple for Richmond this season: hit outside shots to prevent Golden from being double-teamed down low. The more capable role players such as Koureissi, senior Julius Johnson, and senior Noah Yates are hitting shots, the smoother the game will go.
Richmond is currently tenth in the A10 rankings at 4-8, just a half game ahead of St. Joe’s. To avoid playing on the first day of the A10 Tournament, they cannot fall to eleventh. With games remaining against GMU, VCU, and Davidson, they’ll need to secure this win for hopes of that first bye game. Tip off against Fordham is Wednesday at 7:00pm EST from the Robins Center. You can catch the game on 99.5 FM & 950 AM ESPN with coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m.