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Spiders land Godwin

Marquis Godwin became the second member of the 2017 recruiting class for the Richmond Spiders on Thursday. Godwin announced via Twitter that he would become a Spider. He joins Bryce Schneider who committed over the summer. Godwin recently visited during the UR-VCU rivalry game. 

Godwin is a 6'5 wing who can shoot the lights out, but shooting isn't his only strength. Godwin is also a good ballhandler and passer, making him a perfect fit for Coach Mooney's system. Godwin will finish up his high school career at Hampton High School. We got to talk to Marquis following his commitment.

Spider Hoop Blog:  Why Richmond??

Marquis: When I stepped on campus I I felt like it was a special place! Richmond is one of the few schools with the Leadership Program and I wanted to Major is that.

Spider Hoop Blog: Where do you see yourself in Coach Mooney's system?

Marquis: I see myself fitting in well, we will shoot a lot of 3s like they do now. With my versatility it will be a great system to play in. He lets everyone play and I really love that.

Spider Hoop Blog: Biggest strength?? What do you need to improve on?

Marquis: My biggest strength is my shooting ability & I need to workout on becoming more stronger.

Spider Hoop Blog: What can Spider fans expect to see from you?

Marquis: Spider fans can expect a great person that's just wants to be a successful person! I will bring joy and a great vibe always.


Spiders get huge win over California

After missing a huge opportunity against West Virginia, the Spiders rebounded with a huge win against #14 California. The Spiders were led by Terry Allen, who finished with 34 points and 13 rebounds.

Terry Allen continued his monster senior campaign from the start. The Golden Bears just didn't have an answer for Terry, as he got to the basket with ease. Allen got 21 of his 34 points off of free throws, many of them came in the final minutes to seal the game. Terry is building a strong case for 1st Team All A10 early in the season. TJ Cline also found easy buckets as he finished with 11 points, he could have had more if not for foul trouble. ShawnDre' Jones continues to fill the shoes of Kendall Anthony, the junior guard finished with 22 points and 4 assists. Marshall Wood came up clutch hitting three straight threes in a four minute period. Wood finished with 18 points, a career high. 

Richmond won the rebounding battle for the third straight game, an anomaly that we hope can become a regular occurrence. The Spiders also had 17 second chances points compared to Cal's 10. 

The Spiders built a 15 point lead in the 2nd half led by Marshall Wood. That all came crashing down as Cal stormed back to reclaim the lead with under five minutes. The Golden Bears got the lead all the way up to four, and all hope seemed lost for the Spiders. The Spiders responded to adversity as ShawnDre' Jones and Terry Allen fueled a Spider comeback. The Spiders responded to adversity very well, as the game seemed to be in the hands of Cal. 

Player of the Game: Terry Allen

Not even close. Terry dominated the game from the tip. 

“Tonight was a team win by a very special group of players,” head coach Chris Mooney said. “Terry Allen’s was performance defies description. He’s an incredible player and performed tonight on a big stage. I was proud with the way that we responded to their run and showed a lot of heart in finishing the win against a nationally-ranked team."

"Last night we were getting stops and couldn't get enough baskets," Richmond coach Chris Mooney said. "When we went into a drought today, we were able to snap out of it, get a score and gain momentum."

The Spiders were able to get a quality win against a ranked opponent away from the Robins Center. This should help the Spiders in March. This was Richmond's 13th win over a Top 25 team since 2008. 

Richmond will have another chance for a quality road win as they travel to Florida on Tuesday. 

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Photos courtesy of AP Photo/John Locher.

Spiders roll past Stetson

After a disappointing loss on Friday to James Madison, the Spiders rebounded with a 108-85 thrashing of Stetson. The Spiders were led by junior TJ Cline, who finished with a career high of 27 points. 

Scoring came in abundance for both teams. The Spiders had four players in double figures, Terry Allen, ShawnDre' Jones, TJ Cline, and Marshall Wood. The Hatters had six in double figures. 

The Spider's offense was running on all cylinders from the get-go. The Spiders scored 20 points in transition and finished with 29 assists. Terry Allen's hot start continued as he finished with 15 points and 7 rebounds. ShawnDre' Jones shot 4-5 from three as he finished with 21 points. Marshall Wood came out hot after a disappointing game against JMU, he finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds. The Spiders out-rebounded Stetson 42-35, this is something Richmond will have to do on a regular basis. 

“I was really pleased with the energy and the speed of our offense today,” head coach Chris Mooney said. “Having 29 assists definitely shows how well we moved the ball. We still need to do a better job of shutting teams down defensively, but I thought that our defensive rebounding was much improved. It was great to get our younger guys a lot of experience and playing time tonight.”

Multiple newcomers for Richmond got some action. Julius Johnson and KoVien Dominaus got their first minutes in a Spider uniform. Paul Friendshuh got his first points as a Spider, he sat out last year because of injury. 

Player of the Game: TJ Cline

After a slow start against JMU, TJ came out firing. He shot 4-5 from three and 11-16 from the field. He set a new career high with 27 points. TJ also showed off his passing ability by dishing 4 assists. 

The Spiders improved to 1-1 and will now head on the road to face ACC foe Wake Forest. This will be a huge test for the Spiders as they have not fared well on the road in recent years. Tip off will be Wednesday at 7:00pm, you can watch the game on ESPN3.