RICHMOND, Va. -- Justin Tillman scored 18 points, Samir Doughty had 16 and VCU edged city rival Richmond 81-74 on Wednesday night.
A dunk by De'Monte Buckingham capped a 7-0 run -- immediately after a 9-0 run by the Rams -- to pull Richmond into a tie at 54 with 7:05 to play. It was the 10th tie to go with 10 leads changes.
Mo Alie-Cox had a dunk and JeQuan Lewis hit a 3-pointer after an Alie-Cox steal to put the Rams ahead for good. Tillman followed with two free throws before ShawnDre' Jones, who led Richmond with 30 points, knocked down a 3. Tillman and Jones traded baskets, making it 67-61 with 3:18 to play. From there VCU made 12 of 15 free throws with a 3-point play by Alie-Cox producing the only field goal.
Alie-Cox and Lewis added 13 apiece for the Rams (17-5, 7-2 Atlantic 10), who moved into a tie for first with Dayton.
T.J. Cline had 15 points and Buckingham 13 for the Spiders (13-9, 7-3), who dropped out of a tie for the conference lead.
Former Virginia Cavaliers guard and current NBA player Kyle Guy is urging the public to take the coronavirus seriously after his grandfather passed away as a result of COVID-19 on Friday.
While sharing the news of his grandfather's passing on social media Saturday, Guy used his platform to share words of advice on how to limit the disease's effect.
"I beg you, don't let this be your wake up call," Guy wrote in a tweet. "Take this seriously and stay safe."
The 2019 NCAA tournament Most Outstanding Player offered further advice in an Instagram post about his grandfather, saying: "Stay safe and continue to LISTEN to the rules put in place for this worldwide pandemic. We will get through this."
Well over 1 million people have been inflicted with the coronavirus, and the disease has claimed the lives of over 60,000, according to the World Health Organization. As a result, professional sports are on hold and most states in the United States have placed restrictions on large gatherings and non-essential travel.
Teammates and a slew of others in the basketball community, including Buddy Hield and former Maryland forward Bruno Fernando, responded to Guy's posts sharing their sympathy.
In his Instagram post, Guy, who has appeared in two games as a rookie, also shared a story about the impact a tongue-in-cheek remark from his grandfather had on his NBA pursuit.
"When I was 7 or 8 my grandfather had me sign a piece of paper saying he'd be my manager (jokingly) if I ever made it to the NBA," Guy wrote in the caption. "Something as small as that was always on my mind while I tried to make my dream come true. I know he's up there waiting for his cut."
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With Wrestlemania 36 underway this weekend, Maryland football coach Mike Locksley sat down on Instagram Live with former Terps defensive lineman and current WWE superstar Mojo Rawley to talk about his new career path.
Rawley's real name is Dean Muhtadi, and he played for the Terps in for two years as a Division III transfer. He finished third on team in sacks that season and despite going undrafted in 2009, found his way to an NFL camp with the Packers.
Muhtadi spent 2009 with Green Bay and 2010 with the Cardinals before suffering an injury that landed him on injured reserve. It was then where Muhtadi found a new career path thanks to two of his best friends.
"Dan Gronkowski and Chris Gronkowski played with me at Maryland, two of my closest friends," Rawley said on "Late Night With Locks". "Their dad was one of our coach's roommates in the WWE, so it seemed like a natural fit. We were watching together, and I kinda made a comment like, 'this would be awesome if I could be one of [the wrestlers]. Mr. Gronk made the call and the rest was history."
Rawley has been a WWE superstar and currently stands as Rob Gronkowski's hype man. The former Patriots tight end is WWE's most recent signee and is Wrestlemania 36's host.
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