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Richmond repels Duquesne's rally to extend series dominance

Richmond repels Duquesne's rally to extend series dominance

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Richmond’s Andre Gustavson and Blake Francis dropped to the floor to battle for a loose ball with Duquesne’s Chad Baker and Andre Harris at the Robins Center.

This has gone on for two decades. In good seasons, mediocre seasons and wholly unfulfilling ones, Richmond almost always beats Duquesne.

Doesn’t matter who’s on the court, who’s pacing in the coaches’ boxes, who’s officiating or who’s watching. Doesn’t matter where the game is played.

UR handled Duquesne 79-72 Saturday night at the Robins Center, making the Spiders 22-2 against the Dukes in Atlantic 10 regular-season competition since Richmond joined the league in 2001.

UR forward Tyler Burton (16 points, eight rebounds) elevated to contest a baseline jumper by Marcus Weathers, forcing a miss with 24 seconds left and the Spiders leading by 2. Nathan Cayo rebounded. Richmond scored the game’s last 7 points and put it away at the free throw line.

Richmond guards Blake Francis and Jacob Gilyard each scored 17, and forward Grant Golden had eight assists to go with 10 points and eight rebounds. The Spiders held a double-digit lead for much of the first half, and early in the second, and then fought off the Dukes through the final, tight, nine minutes.

“We hit a couple of shots, big-time shots,” said Gilyard, whose 3 with 1:30 left was one of them. “We were fouling a little too much. I think even down the stretch we started to just give them just free points by free throws. Didn’t get a lot of rebounds. Definitely could have been a cleaner win for us, for sure.”

Peel away all of this matchup’s one-sided history and Saturday’s game stats, and there was an unprecedented factor that helped UR (12-5, 5-3 A-10) reign supreme: the Dukes (7-7, 6-6 A-10) came off a 17-day COVID-related break.

Richmond dominated early, showing no evidence of a hangover from Wednesday’s 68-56 loss at VCU, where the Spiders scored a season-low points and shot 32.8%, also a season worst.

Regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s game, UR coach Chris Mooney recognized progress. His team was paused for two weeks before visiting VCU.

Ball movement and 3-point shooting moved the Spiders to a 15-point lead with six minutes left in the first half, and to a 40-33 advantage at the break.

And then the Dukes gradually came back, establishing themselves inside as scorers and slowing down the Spiders.

“They’re a great offensive rebounding team, and that really hurt us throughout the second half,” said Mooney. “But I thought coming up with a couple of tough ones late was big.”

After the Dukes cut the Spiders’ lead to 53-49 with 12:32 left, DU coach Keith Dambrot shouted, “All we’ve got to is guard!”

Duquense took a 62-61 lead with 6:58 left.

Richmond starts four seniors, and that experience showed down the stretch.

Next: The Spiders host Massachusetts on Tuesday at 6 p.m., on NBCSN. The Minutemen (7-4, 6-2 A-10) haven’t played since Feb. 6 because of COVID-related cancellations, and have played only six games since Dec. 30.

Friday, UR visits Saint Louis, and the Spiders wrap up their regular season with a March 1 game against Saint Joseph’s at the Robins Center.

FG FT Reb

DUQUESNE M M-A M-A O-T A PF PT

Baker 28 4-10 2-2 1-4 0 2 12

Weathers 27 4-10 3-5 4-9 2 4 12

Hughes 34 9-16 2-3 3-9 3 2 20

O.-Martin 33 3-10 0-0 0-0 4 2 8

Okani 22 1-4 4-4 1-3 1 2 6

Austin 20 0-0 0-2 1-1 0 0 0

Harris 19 3-5 4-4 1-4 1 4 10

Acuff 12 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 4

Bekelja 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Totals 200 26-58 15-20 11-31 11 17 72

Percentages: FG .448, FT .750. 3-Point Goals: 5-20, .250 (Baker 2-6, Dunn-Martin 2-7, Weathers 1-2, Acuff 0-1, Harris 0-1, Hughes 0-1, Okani 0-2). Team Rebounds: 0. Team Turnovers: None. Blocked Shots: 2 (Hughes, Weathers). Turnovers: 11 (Harris 3, Weathers 3, Hughes 2, Okani 2, Bekelja). Steals: 10 (Hughes 4, Baker 2, Okani 2, Austin, Harris).

FG FT Reb

RICHMOND M M-A M-A O-T A PF PT

Burton 35 5-9 3-4 0-8 2 3 16

Cayo 26 5-8 2-2 1-6 0 4 13

Golden 31 3-4 4-4 3-8 8 2 10

Francis 35 6-12 4-4 0-2 0 3 17

Gilyard 38 5-11 3-4 0-1 4 0 17

Gustavson 10 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 3 2

Koureissi 9 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 2

Grace 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 0

Wilson 7 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2

Bailey 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Totals 200 27-49 16-18 4-28 14 19 79

Percentages: FG .551, FT .889. 3-Point Goals: 9-23, .391 (Gilyard 4-9, Burton 3-6, Cayo 1-1, Francis 1-5, Grace 0-1, Gustavson 0-1). Team Rebounds: 0. Team Turnovers: None. Blocked Shots: None. Turnovers: 14 (Francis 4, Burton 3, Golden 3, Gilyard 2, Cayo, Koureissi). Steals: 6 (Gilyard 2, Burton, Golden, Grace, Koureissi).

Duquesne 33 39 — 72

Richmond 40 39 — 79

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