Golden's 26 leads Richmond over UMass 90-65
Richmond's Julius Johnson, left, pressures Massachusetts' Unique McLean during an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 in Richmond, Va. (Joe Mahoney/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Grant Golden scored 26 points with a career-high 11 rebounds for his ninth 20-point game of the season, Nick Sherod added 19 points, and Richmond ran away from Massachusetts 90-65 on Wednesday night to end a five-game skid and sweep the season series.
Jacob Gilyard scored 13 points with three steals to become the first freshman with 80 steals in a season in Division I since Marcus Smart (2012-13.) Gilyard also made six assists, setting the school freshman assist record with 116, the most since current Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson (1987).
De'Monte Buckingham also scored 13 points for Richmond (10-19, 8-9 Atlantic 10 Conference), which led 40-32 at halftime after shooting 57.6 percent from the field behind Golden's 18 points and eight rebounds.
Richmond opened the second half with an 18-6 run for a 58-38 lead, then led by 29 points after a 15-5 run capped by Gilyard's 3 with 4:52 left.
C.J. Anderson scored 22 points, Luwane Pipkins added 14 and Carl Pierre had 11 for Massachusetts (11-19, 4-13), which has lost six straight.
Updated February 28, 2018