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Overtime layup lifts Richmond over Flash

RICHMOND, Va. — Nathan Cayo scored at the basket in the final minute of overtime to give Richmond the lead and the Spiders held on to beat Saint Francis of Pennsylvania, 100-98 in its season opener on Friday night.

Deivydas Kuzavas’ free throw with 41 seconds left in regulation put the Red Flash in front, 90-86, but Jacob Gilyard scored at the basket and followed it a few seconds later with two free throws to tie the game with 27 seconds left to force overtime.

Isaiah Blackmon knocked down a 3 with 2:06 remaining to get Saint Francis even at 97-97, but missed from beyond the arc with 16 seconds on the clock. Keith Braxton hit a free throw to cut the lead to two with a second left, but the Spiders grabbed the rebound on his missed second attempt to seal the victory.

Nick Sherod finished with 27 points and eight rebounds to lead Richmond. Gilyard added 24 points, Grant Golden 15 and Blake Francis 14.

Blackmon’s 23 points paced Saint Francis (0-2), with Tyler Stewart and Braxton each adding 20. Braxton added 11 rebounds.

SAINT FRANCIS 98 (0-2): Thompson 2-11 0-1 4, Blackmon 9-17 0-0 23, Braxton 7-11 5-9 20, Dixon-Conover 0-1 0-0 0, Stewart 7-14 4-4 20, Kuzavas 4-8 3-6 11, Gaskins 0-0 2-2 2, Meredith 6-10 0-0 18. Totals 35-72 14-22 98.

RICHMOND 100 (1-0): Golden 6-10 3-4 15, Cayo 4-7 1-1 9, Gilyard 7-11 8-11 24, Sherod 9-16 3-4 27, Francis 5-15 1-2 14, Grace 0-0 0-0 0, Burton 2-3 0-0 4, Koureissi 0-0 0-0 0, Wojcik 2-2 1-2 7, Gustavson 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 35-68 17-24 100.

Halftime–Saint Francis 44-42. End Of Regulation–Tied 90. 3-Point Goals–Saint Francis 14-28 (Meredith 6-9, Blackmon 5-10, Stewart 2-3, Braxton 1-3, Thompson 0-3), Richmond 13-28 (Sherod 6-11, Francis 3-5, Wojcik 2-2, Gilyard 2-6, Golden 0-1, Burton 0-1, Gustavson 0-2). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Saint Francis 40 (Braxton 10), Richmond 31 (Golden, Sherod 8). Assists–Saint Francis 12 (Braxton 7), Richmond 21 (Gilyard 7). Total Fouls–Saint Francis 20, Richmond 19. Technicals–Meredith, Richmond coach Chris Mooney.

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