Terps top Spiders at Bahamas Championship

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Despite leading for much of the game, the Spiders could never quite put Maryland away and allowed the Terps to seize control of the game late in a 86-80 loss in the semifinals of the Baha Mar Bahamas Championship Thursday night.  
A 17-3 Maryland run over five minutes late in the second half secured the win for the Terps. “They made a couple of really hard shots,” said Spider coach Chris Mooney of the game’s final minutes. “One was kind of a broken play and they made a three from the corner as the [shot clock] buzzer sounded. And then [Maryland guard] Fatts Russell had a very deep step-back three right in front of their bench. Those are hard. Those are well defended – good shots made by good players. … They got into a good groove at a bad time for us.”
Grant Golden led Richmond with 18 points and a team-high five assists. He increased his career scoring total to 1,845 points, passing Ed Harrison (1,843) for the fifth on Richmond’s career scoring list.
Golden and Nathan Cayo each made a pair of early baskets in the paint as the Spiders raced to an 11-6 lead over the game’s first four minutes. But Maryland was able to answer Richmond’s early run, a pattern that would repeat itself throughout the game.
The Terps scored six straight to take their first lead of the game at 12-11. Five minutes later, another 6-0 run by the Terps gave Maryland a 20-19 advantage with eight minutes left in the first half. With the score tied at 26, Richmond was able to finally create breathing room, scoring 12 straight to take a 38-26 lead. The Spiders led 41-32 at half behind 11 points from Nick Sherod, who came off the bench to make all three of his three-point attempts in the opening 20 minutes.
Maryland closed the gap to one with 15:21 to play with an 8-0 run. Richmond answered with six straight points, gave up six straight points, then posted another 6-0 run to take a 58-51 lead with 12 minutes to play.
Again, the Terps clawed back, pulling within two with just under nine minute to play and then closing the gap to one with five minutes left after Richmond had again gone ahead by as many as eight.
“I thought in the second half we weathered a couple of the runs and extended our lead again and again,” said Mooney.
This time, the Spiders weren’t able to separate. The Terps took their first lead since the 7:08 mark of the first half on a shot-clock buzzer-beating three-pointer with 4:06 to play to make the score 73-72.
Richmond missed five straight shots before three-pointers from Golden and Sherod made the score 82-80 Maryland in the final minute. But the Spiders couldn’t pull any closer, as Maryland sealed its win at the foul line.
Sherod finished with 14 points and Jacob Gilyard added 14 points, four assists, and three steals. Gilyard (378 career steals) passed Providence’s Eric Murdock (376) for the second-most steals in Division I history.
“We were able to get open shots. We were able to run our offense nicely,” said Mooney. “We were able to defend for good stretches of the game. But for us that’s not very worthwhile. We wanted to win the game.”
The Spiders will take on Mississippi State in the third-place game of the Bahamas Championship Saturday at 12:30 PM. The game will be televised exclusively on FloHoops. It can also be heard on ESPN Richmond radio.

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