College Basketball Nation: Dan Geriot

Rapid Reax: Richmond 65, Morehead St. 48

March, 19, 2011

DENVER -- Richmond advances to its first Sweet 16 since 1988, beating No. 13 seed Morehead State 65-48. The Spiders were led by forward Justin Harper, who had 19 points and six rebounds. Guard Kevin Anderson had 14 points while center Dan Geriot had 13 points and seven rebounds. Kenneth Faried had 11 points and 13 rebounds, but had trouble facing double-teams in Richmond’s match-up zone.

Turning point: Geriot buried a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 56-43 with 4:30 left, and it signaled the end for Morehead State. The Eagles’ band members who began the game chanting, “We believe,” began chanting “We still believe” after the play.

Key player: Harper, Richmond’s leading scorer, was 9-for-18 from the field and found his shooting touch after struggling against Vanderbilt. At 6-foot-10, Harper is dangerous with his jump shot and kept working when Faried battled with him inside. He came up wincing on one play after Faried blocked his shot in a vicious collision, but Harper came back to score on the ensuing possession.

Key stat: Morehead State point guard Demonte Harper, after hitting the game-winning 3-pointer in an upset against Louisville, was held to four points on 2-for-15 shooting. He missed all six of his 3-point attempts. Despite 11 rebounds and four assists, the senior had a forgettable day.

Miscellaneous: Geriot was wonderful, as he stood tall in the face of Faried in the post and also shot the ball well, finishing 6-for-10 from the field. When the double-team came against Faried, it bothered him and he had trouble at times passing out of it. As a result, Morehead State was never able to find its rhythm on offense.

What’s next: Richmond moves on to the Sweet 16 in San Antonio to face the winner of the Kansas-Illinois game.

Xavier leads Richmond at the half

February, 28, 2010
CINCINNATI -- Quick halftime thoughts from Cintas Center, where Xavier leads No. 24 Richmond 38-34:
  • It was a back and forth first half with six lead changes, but Xavier ended the half with a 9-2 run. Richmond's shot-blocking big man Darrius Garrett picked up two fouls in the first 97 seconds and didn't play again. His replacement, Dan Geriot, got his second foul with 11:03 left.Despite the lack of a post presence, the Spiders stayed in the game with three-point shooting, hitting eight of their first 13 attempts beyond the arc. The Musketeers were just 3-for-11 from three.
  • The matchup of arguably the best two guards in the Atlantic 10 is one-sided so far. Crawford has 14 points on an array of jump shots, drives and pull-ups. Richmond leading scorer Kevin Anderson, on the other hand, was held scoreless on just four field-goal attempts, though he does have four assists. Xavier's defense on him has been terrific, but Anderson needs to get going in the second half for the Spiders to get this road win.
  • Richmond coach Chris Mooney was upset with the officiating the entire half and pleaded his case again before going into the locker room. Xavier has shot six free throws to none by the Spiders.
  • The Spiders came into the game ranked 12th in the nation in field goal percentage defense, but Xavier shot 57.7 percent in that first half. Really, if it weren't for the three-point barrage, the Musketeers should be up by double digits.