University of Richmond, VA
Tonight at the Robins Center, the Dayton Flyers men’s basketball team of Ohio (8-8, 2-2 A-10) handed the Richmond Spiders (3-13, 1-3 A-10) their thirteenth loss thus far. This mid-season defeat may have Coach Chris Mooney reflecting on the bad luck outcome UR has had since first losing to Delaware on November 10th.
Under the leadership of former VCU head basketball coach Anthony Grant, the Flyers were never down by more than three points and Dayton kept out in front during the first half after they got a 17-16 lead with 11:34 remaining from a three-pointer by sophomore guard Trey Landers who finished with 18pts (2nd highest of the game) and was assisted by senior guard Darrell Davis.
In the first twenty minutes of play, Dayton was making nearly twice the number of field goals (19-28) to Richmond’s (11-32). The thing that kept the Spider’s hopes alive was the surprise performance by UR’s junior guard Julius Johnson who went 3 for 3 on shots from beyond the arc before the halftime break. Johnson finished the evening with 17 pts, the most by any Richmond player.
Down by 12 (47-35) at the mid-game break, the Spiders came within 2 points of evening out the score when they got a jumper by redshirt junior forward Solly Stansbury with 10:44 left on the clock. Then Dayton managed to expand their lead by nine off a couple of free throws from Landers with 4:18 remaining.
What kept Richmond fans from heading to the parking lot early was the substantial number of turnovers by the Flyers (15) that allowed UR to get within three (82-79) with just 34 seconds left in the game. But as the clock expired, neither attempts from downtown by redshirt junior Khwan Fore or sophomore guard De’Monte Buckingham were successful. This now makes six games in a row that the Spiders have lost to Dayton and the fourth time they’ve gotten beat by Coach Grant.
The Richmond Spiders will face the George Washington Colonials at the Robins Center this Saturday. Tip-off is set for 4:30PM