Richmond will attempt to improve to 8-1 on the season when the Spiders host South Alabama in a non-conference clash on Sunday afternoon. The Jaguars enter the game with a 5-3 record, but they haven’t played since an overtime loss to La Salle on Nov. 27 in the Gulf Coast Showcase. Richmond is coming off a road win against Hampton on Tuesday.
South Alabama led by four seniorsSouth Alabama has gone on a pair of winning streaks this season, but the Jaguars have also had some losses mixed in as well. They opened the year with a pair of wins against Pikeville College and Southern Miss. Then came a heartbreaking loss against then-No. 22 Auburn, as South Alabama lost by one point as 7-point underdogs. The Jaguars could not recover in their next contest, losing to Chattanooga by 18 points on the road. They picked up a three-game winning streak following those losses, beating Spring Hill, Northeastern and Miami (Ohio). South Alabama lost to La Salle in its most recent game.
The Jaguars are led by four seniors. Guard Andre Fox leads the way with 17.8 points per game. He is the best 3-point shooter on the team, connecting on 17 of 47 attempts from beyond the arc. Forward Josh Ajayi is second on the squad in scoring with 15.6 points per game and leads the team with 8.0 rebounds per contest. Guard Chad Lott is adding 14.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per outing. Forward Trhae Mitchell is contributing 10.9 points per game and 4.1 boards per game. He leads the team in assists per game with 2.4 dimes per contest.
Richmond playing wellRichmond is off to a hot start this season. The Spiders opened the year on a five-game winning streak, beating St. Francis-Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt, Cal State Northridge, McNeese State and Wisconsin. Their lone loss came in a 14-point road loss against Auburn. They have rebounded with wins against Boston College and Hampton. The Spiders were 15 of 29 from downtown in the win against Hampton on Tuesday.
Junior guard Blake Francis leads the team with 18.4 points per game and 3.0 assists per game. He is 25 of 59 from beyond the 3-point line. Junior guard Jacob Gilyard is scoring 17.5 points per game and leads the team with 6.3 assists per game. He is an efficient 23 of 44 from deep. Junior guard Nick Sherod is scoring 15.1 points per game and is adding 4.9 rebounds per outing. He is also shooting the rock well from downtown, making 27 of 59 from distance. Junior forward Grant Golden is also in double figures, adding 12.0 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game.