@DuqMBB Falls to Richmond
March 8, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Jacob Gilyard led five players in double figures with 20 points to lead seventh-seeded Richmond to an 81-68 win over No. 10 Duquesne in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Championship at Washington D.C.'s Capital One Arena.
Richmond, which shot 61 percent in the first half, finished at 57.4 percent in defeating the Dukes for the eighth-straight time.
Duquesne cut a 12-point first-half deficit to two on a Smith layup at the 2:43 mark, only to see the Spiders close the half on a 6-0 run - started by a Gilyard 3-pointer - to take a 41-33 lead into the locker room.
Lewis II and Castro-Caneddy had 10 apiece in the first half for the Dukes.
Duquesne briefly cut it to four on a Chas Brown layup less than three minutes into the second half, before UR built its lead back to 10 on another 3-pointer by Gilyard.
The Spiders, who outscored the Dukes 40-35 in the second half, upped the lead to 65-48 on a Julius Johnson 3-pointer with 9:24 left.
Richmond maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
Eric Williams Jr., who finished with eight points and four rebounds, moved to within nine points of the freshman scoring record of 460 points set by Wayne Smith in 1999. His 280 rebounds are 11 shy of passing Dick Ricketts (290 in 1952) for the all-time freshman rebounding lead.
This was just the second time in 32 games that the Dukes didn't record a block (Feb. 24 vs. Davidson was the other).
Duquesne never led ... Richmond's largest lead was 19 at 70-51 with 6:48 seconds left ... Richmond led for 38:51 ... the game was tied for 1:09.