Wake’s woes continue with loss to Richmond

The Deacons, who lost to Houston Baptist earlier this season, fall 84-74 to the Spiders of the Atlantic 10

Richmond's Jacob Gilyard scores despite an attempt to block his shot by Wake Forest's Ikenna Smart (Daniel Sangjib Min/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Grant Golden scored 24 points and Richmond coach Chris Mooney became the all-time winningest coach in school history by knocking off Wake Forest, 84-74 on Saturday night.

Richmond (3-5) now has beaten the Demon Deacons in five of its last nine meetings and the victory snapped a four-game losing streak.

Olivier Sarr dunked and hit a jumper, Brandon Childress scored at the basket and Wake Forest took a 43-40 lead with 17:08 left in the second half, but Nathan Cayo scored six points in an 11-0 run that put the Spiders in front for good. Cayo pushed the lead to 10 points with a jumper with 3:00 left and Andre Gustavson’s layup with :36 left pushed it to a dozen points.

Golden was 10 of 20 from the field and collected his fourth straight game with 20 or more points, the first Spider to accomplish that feat since T.J. Cline did it in 2017. Cayo added 18 points and Jacob Gilyard had 14.

Childress and Isaiah Mucius each had 17 points for Wake Forest (4-3).

Mooney’s 240th win at Richmond moves him past Dick Tarrant.