Second half fights spiders at VCU

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RICHMOND, Virginia – VCU beat Richmond 13-0 in a crucial three-minute span late in the first half and early in the second half on Friday, leading to a 77-57 victory for the Rams at the Siegel Center in the Capital City Classic presented by Richmond Area Honda dealers.

A pair of Gold grant diapers sandwiched around a bucket by Andre Gustavson extended Richmond’s lead to 28-20 with two minutes left in the first half and forced a VCU timeout. But after holding VCU to 20 points in the first 18 minutes of the game, Richmond gave up eight quick points in the final two minutes of halftime to allow VCU to level the game at 28 before halftime.

VCU opened the second half with a dunk and a three-pointer to take a 33-28 lead and never looked back.

“We thought we were in good shape in the first half,” the Spiders coach said Chris Mooney. “VCU were able to close the half on that 8-0 run…that was key. In the second half I thought they played really well. They were able to get to good spots and make shots We didn’t do enough offensively to keep pace.”

VCU scored 49 points and shot 57% from the field in the final 20 minutes, while the Spiders struggled to convert on the offensive end all night, finishing the game shooting 36% from the field and 6 -25 to three points.

Tyler Burton led Richmond with 13 points and 11 rebounds to record its second straight double-double and seventh of the season. Gold grant (11 points) and Andre Gustavson (10 points) also hit double digits for the Spiders.

Jacob Gilyard added eight points, five rebounds and four assists, bringing his career total to 748 assists and tying the all-time Atlantic record 10 held by Howard Evans of Temple.

Richmond has four games left in its regular season schedule, starting with a road trip to George Washington on Tuesday. The game will switch at 7 p.m. and will air on NBC Sports Washington and ESPN Plus.

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