UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - Richmond (11-7, 5-1) returns home for a three-game homestand after a tough loss at Dayton that snapped UR's 5-0 start to conference play. The Spiders welcome George Mason (12-6, 2-3) who had the week off after losing to Saint Louis at home last week.
Sunday's game will be in a sold-out Robins Center. The first 2,500 fans will receive headbands.
The Spiders used a 14-0 run in the second half to tie the game after an 11-point halftime deficit at Dayton. Khwan Fore had three second-half dunks to spark the Spiders.
T.J. Cline continues to make a case for Player of the Year in the conference. He tallied his sixth 20-point game of the season at Dayton to lead all scorers against one of the league's top defenses.
Khwan Fore has quietly averaged 13.0 points, 3.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game in A-10 play. He ranks 8th in the league in steals per game (1.7).
Sunday's game will air on ASN and online through the ASN website. It will air on CSN+ and MyTV in the Richmond area while affiliate clearances on local TV throughout the country are available here. Ed Cohen and John Griffin will be on the call.
The game will also be on the radio on ESPN 950 AM and 107.3 BBT as well streaming on RichmondSpiders.com. It will be on Sirius 93, XM 201.will call the action over the radio airwaves.
|2016-17 SPIDER MEN'S BASKETBALL GAMEDAY CENTRAL - GEORGE MASON
|Who||Richmond Spiders (11-7, 5-1) vs. George Mason Patriots (12-6, 2-3)|
|When||Sunday, Jan. 22, 1 p.m.|
|Venue||Robins Center (7,201)|
|TV||ASN | Clearances | Watch Online|
|On Air||Ed Cohen, John Griffin
|Radio||ESPN 950 AM | 107.3 BBT | Sirius 93; XM 201 | RichmondSpiders.com|
|Live Stats||Click Here|
Scouting George Mason
The Patriots come to Richmond after enjoying their conference bye week. GMU is coming off a tough home loss to Saint Louis that put their record at 2-3 in A-10 play. Marquise Moore leads the team with 18.1 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game. His rebounds lead the A-10 and his points rank sixth, despite him not hitting a three-pointer all year.
Series vs. George Mason
The Patriots have had Richmond's number recently as GMU has won three in a row and five of six since joining the Atlantic 10. UR leads the all-time series 35-21 and is 18-6 in the Robins Center.
The Spiders have always run an offense with constant motion and crisp passes that lead to shots in rhythm. Richmond is at its best when every player on the court is setting up someone else for a shot.
This year, the Spiders lead the league in assists (16.5) and are second in assist-turnover ratio (1.3). Richmond has dished more or same assists than the opponent in 15 of the season's 18 games.
UR ranks 12th in the country in assist-to-FG percentage of 62.9.
The Spiders have been racking up Atlantic 10 Weekly Awards. UR swept the awards this past week with Cline winning Co-Player of the Week and Buckingham earning his second-straight Rookie of the Week. The Spiders have totaled six weekly honors this season, more than any other school.
Cline was also named one of 30 national candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, given to a player that exemplifies leadership, community service, academic excellence and athletic success. The award will name the 10 finalists in February.
T.J. Cline is currently averaging 17.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.
Cline is the only player in the NCAA to post his current averages in points, rebounds and assists. He has more assists than any player in the country his height or taller. He ranks 14th in the nation with an assist rate of 37.5.
A preseason All-A-10 First Teamer, Cline ranks seventh in the league in points, fourth in rebounds and second in assists.
With his 6.9 defensive rebounds per game, Cline ranks 27th in the country. Charles Stephens (1997-98) was the last Spider to average over eight rebounds a game for an entire season (8.3).
Cline has tallied six double-doubles this season, more than any other Spider in one season in the Mooney era.
Cline nearly tallied a triple-double against Maryland, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds and nine assists. He then went for 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists at Davidson and had 15-10-9 at Saint Joseph's. No player has recorded a triple-double in Richmond spider history.
De'Monte Buckingham has been a beast in A-10 play, averaging 15.0 points per game (13th) and 6.5 rebounds per game (11th).
He's also hit 2.2 threes per game (8th) and has 1.7 steals per game (6th) in A-10 play.
UR's most recent high-scoring freshman was Kendall Anthony who averaged 13.4 ppg in conference play in 2011-12.
Although quiet off the court, Khwan Fore can make a big statement on it. His rim-rattling dunks can make big statements when coming from a 6-0 guard. He had three such dunks in the second half at Dayton. He is Richmond's most athletic player pound-for-pound.
In A-10 play, Fore has averaged 13.0 points with 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He ranks eighth in the league with 1.7 steals per game.
Need The Three
Richmond's offense has always been predicated on using the three-pointer as a weapon. After a 2-23 long-range shooting performance at ORU, Richmond bounced back to hit 48 threes over the next five games, shooting 41.7 percent from long range. The Spiders suffered a 2-20 shooting drought from long range in a loss at Dayton.
Richmond is 11-3 when hitting six or more threes in a contest, and 0-4 when hitting five or fewer.