WASHINGTON (HMG) – Almost a home game for the Richmond Spiders traveling 109 miles up I-95 to play in Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Tournament, the squad followed the lead of Freshman Jacob Gilyard and his 20 points to punch their ticket to the quarterfinals Friday night.

Jacob Gilyard scored 20 points, Nick Sherod had 17 and Richmond cruised to comfortable victory over Duquesne on Thursday night in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship.

“My teammates got me definitely going early,” said Gilyard.  “I give all my success to them.   We just had focus throughout the game and I thought we did a good job.”

Gilyard and Nick Sherod (17 points) lead the Spiders to a comfortable 81-68 victory over the Duquesne Dukes.  The Spiders will take on the number 2 ranked St. Bonaventure team on Friday, March 9 at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC.

“We are a young team and our experience has paid off,” said Spiders Coach Chris Mooney.  “We look more like a cohesive team.  I am really proud of them.  This has been a good stretch and been able to shoot the ball a little better.“

After taking off with a 16-5 scoring advantage after the tip, the Spiders went into halftime with a 41-33 lead and stayed on top throughout the contest.  The Dukes pulled to within 8 points at the 13 minute mark of the second half but the Spiders were fired up again with a 14-3 run and kept a double digit lead to the finish.

“Tomorrow’s a different day.  We got to come out ready to play,” said Gilyard.

Duquesne enjoyed solid performances from Rene Castro-Caneddy with 17 points and Mike Lewis II chipped in 14 for the No. 10 seed Duquesne.


HMG Staff: Carl Ey

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