Game #9-117: Wake Forest at Richmond SpidersDecember 1, 2012 6:00 pm
Timing was working out well for my first MidMajority doubleheader. I left Farmville just before 4 o'clock and I'd have just enough time to grab a beer with my dad at a local bar by University of Richmond's campus. My wife tagged along for the Longwood game, but certainly wasn't going to pull the doubleheader. Growing up my grandpa was my go to guy for any game. If two middle school teams were playing quidditch in a field then he'd be up for going. Since he passed away my dad has been a willing partner.
My wife dropped me off at the bar before the game and I told my dad we had a decision to make. While I was on the road someone offered me VCU vs Belmont tickets. It was a tough decision to pick between a mid-major clash or Richmond taking on a struggling ACC opponent. We decided we'd stick with the plan and head on over to the Robins Center to check out the Spiders take on the Demon Deacons.
When we got to the Robins Center and approached our section, we were halted by a blue curtain. I showed the usher at the curtain my ticket thinking he'd let me walk through whatever was going on to get one section over to my seat. He said I could walk all the way around the concourse or walk through the other section of people in the arena. It seemed like nearly everyone chose the second option and the area behind the basket was a mess to say the least for the first ten minutes of the game. We finally got to our seats after sifting through numerous people and immediately exclaimed, "No! Not again!". Apparently I was too early in the purchase of my Richmond tickets this year and this was the view that we have been saddled with for three games now:
We moved up a couple of rows so we can check everything out, but it's kind of disappointing when you think you have a front row seat and instead you have an obstructed view. We weren't the only ones that moved, here is what our section looked like for the remainder of the contest:
A lot of people may not know this but the was actually the fiftieth meeting between Wake Forest and Richmond. They alternate home and home just about every year. Both schools are pretty similar despite one being in the ACC and one in the A10. Both started as Baptist colleges, have about 4,500, and are solid academic schools. Despite these similarities my dad and I spent the whole first half wondering "what happened to Wake Forest". These games have certainly been competitive over the years, but we were used to Chris Paul, Josh Howard, and Al-Farouq Aminu.
Richmond was up three at the half. But that wasn't important.... the biggest thing was the halftime entertainment, which was no other than Steve Max the world renown Simon Says leader. Max is quickly becoming a MidMajority legend making his third appearance. Max first surfaced at Wright State
and then later popped up at
UNC Greensboro. As expected, this was an epic Simon Says showdown. The finals came down to a little girl and a little boy named Martellus. In the end the competition came down to booty shaking and the little girl was simply over-matched by Martellus' moves.
The second half in this game was a bit more of a seesaw battle with the leading changing back and forth. The highlight of which was this Madison Jones dunk
One person that didn't see the dunk was the guy next to me who decided to watch the SEC Championship game instead of the game right in front of him. I wouldn't have really cared if the guy didn't have his iPhone on full audio blast and he would've refrained from shouting out updates about a game that no one around him really seemed to care about. The guys buddy kept saying, "Maybe you should put that thing down, you're missing a pretty good game here".
Saturday's game turned out to be a great one. It wasn't the twelve point blow out that Vegas had on the Spiders. It was actually a rivalry game and it was also surprising to see so many Wake Forest alumni and fans in the Robins Center. It also didn't hurt that Wake's best player is Travis McKie who went to John Marshall High School in Richmond.
In the end, McKie didn't have a very happy homecoming as Richmond slipped past Wake 62-60. Usually Richmond can out-shoot their opponents, but Saturday night the key was big man and Harlem native Derrick Williams. Williams was a monster and put up 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
I'm sure this game isn't as big of a deal when it takes place in Winston-Salem, but it certainly has the feel of a rivalry in Richmond.at RICHMOND 62, WAKE FOREST 60
WAKE FOREST 3-4 (0-0) -- C. Harris 1-5 4-4 6; C. Miller-McIntyre 2-7 2-2 7; T. McKie 3-8 1-2 9; M. Jones 2-6 2-2 6; D. Thomas 3-4 5-6 11; C. Fischer 0-1 0-0 0; T. Cavanaugh 3-6 4-4 10; A. Roundtree III 3-3 2-3 9; A. Adala Moto 0-1 0-3 0; A. Washington 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 18-42 20-26 60.
RICHMOND 6-2 (0-0) -- C. Lindsay 2-7 3-4 7; G. Robbins 1-1 0-0 2; D. Williams 6-8 13-15 26; K. Anthony 2-8 6-6 11; D. Brothers 1-7 2-2 5; A. Nelson-Ododa 3-4 0-1 8; W. Sparrow 0-3 0-0 0; D. Taylor 1-1 0-0 3; T. Davis 0-1 0-0 0; T. Allen 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 16-42 24-28 62.
Three-point goals: WAKE 4-6 (C. Harris 0-1; T. McKie 2-2; C. Miller-McIntyre 1-2; A. Roundtree III 1-1), RICH 6-20 (D. Brothers 1-4; C. Lindsay 0-2; W. Sparrow 0-1; D. Williams 1-1; K. Anthony 1-5; A. Nelson-Ododa 2-3; T. Allen 0-2; T. Davis 0-1; D. Taylor 1-1); Rebounds: WAKE 27 (T. McKie 8), RICH 29 (D. Williams 10); Assists: WAKE 8 (C. Harris 3), RICH 12 (D. Brothers 3); Total Fouls -- WAKE 23, RICH 22; Fouled Out: WAKE-None; RICH-None.