RICHMOND, Va. — Jacob Gilyard scored 18 points and led three of his teammates in double figures for scoring and No. 19 Richmond gutted out a 77-72 victory over Wofford on Monday.
Gilyard Hits Big Shot For Richmond Late
With his team trailing 73-72 and 19.5 seconds left on the game clock, Gilyard connected on a clutch 3-pointer to put the Spiders ahead and eventually secured the victory, playing for the first time this season.
“Really pleased that we were able to play a game, and I appreciate Wofford being able to also play the game on such short notice,” Richmond coach Chris Mooney said.
Richmond (3-0) started the game on an 11-0 run, led 16-3 after eight minutes and took a 37-30 lead into the halftime break, but in the end, the game, that was arranged only two days earlier, went down to last the wire.
Gilyard shot 6 of 14 from the field and made four 3-pointers, while adding six assists and five rebounds in the win for the Spiders.
Grant Golden shot 6 of 10 from the floor to end with 15 points and four boards, Tyler Burton added 12 points and seven rebounds and Nathan Cayo ended with 11 points and six rebounds for Richmond, which led for most of the game.
Wofford made it a game with runs
Storm Murphy paced Wofford with 21 points on 7 of 15 shooting and Messiah Jones grabbing a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. He shot 9 of 12 from the floor for Wofford, which missed its first 13 field-goal attempts.
Tray Hollowell made three 3-pointers to finish with 15 points, five assists and four rebounds for the Terriers (2-1), who shot made the game close by shooting 55.2% from the field and 41.2% from 3s after halftime.
Wofford trailed by 10 with 11:53 remaining, but knotted the score on Hollowell’s 3-pointer with 4:30 remaining.
Consecutive baskets by B.J. Mack, Hollowell and Jones put the Terriers up 70-65 with 2:18 left until used a 12-2 run to seal the win.
“I think we let our foot off the gas,” Gilyard said. “Early on, we could have pushed the lead a little better.
“… We’ve never been somebody that guys are aiming to play, looking forward to playing. We’re going to have a target on our backs. We have to be better.”
The Wofford Terriers play at South Carolina on Thursday.
The Richmond Spiders remain at home to face Northern Iowa on Wednesday night.