By: Tyrone Montgomery Jr.
Headline Photo Credit: Tyrone Montgomery Jr.-LMS Network
It was a tale of 2 halfs for The Richmond Spiders. Early out the gates, ODU Monarchs G Ahmad Caver came out firing as he hit 2 back to back threes to begin the game. Everyone at The Robins Center lost their breath once this happened. Expecting a big night out of Caver, although scoring 19 Points and 8 Assist, he wasn’t even the problem. ODU’s BJ Stith stole the show scoring 30 Points along with 12 Rebounds. He was on fire shooting an impressive 11-17 from the field, pitching in 4 Money Balls in tonight’s matchup.
Grant Golden led the way early on for The Richmond Spiders. Earning his 9th Career Double-Double, he finished the game with 23 Points and 11 Rebounds. In his second season, Grant Golden showed us glimpses of greatness as a Sophmore here at Richmond. Now, in his 3rd Season, at 6’10, 265 LBS, Grant displays “Golden Like Abilities” and Talent as he possesses a strong low-post game along with a soft touch around the rim. He can stretch the floor allowing a strong inside-outside game for The Spiders centerpiece. But the question is has he reached his ceiling, or can he get better? This game wasn’t about talent. It wasn’t about who had the better team. Rather, it was about heart and taking care of the ball. Richmond played fairly well, and they probably should have won this contest. They led 33-28 at the half, but somehow still managed to lose 63-54. Turnovers can make or break a team. For Richmond, it broke them at they turned the ball over 14-7 against the Monarchs.
The Spiders lost a game they probably should have won. They simply had no answer for BJ Stitch and Grant Golden was a 1-Man Soldier as Nathan Cayo and Jacob Gilyard struggled. ODU has a lot to be proud about as they ran the table on the State of Virginia, beating VCU, JMU, William and Mary, and now The University of Richmond. Dropping to 4-7, The Spiders can consider their next game a Must-Win, as they host High Point this Saturday December 23rd at 2:30PM