UR’s Mooney encouraged by grit and toughness from younger players

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Within four minutes of opening tipoff against Old Dominion, Richmond found itself down 16 points. A year ago, that would have spelled doom for the Spiders before the word go. Monday night, Richmond instead rallied to cut the deficit to four points by halftime.

“I thought we maintained our poise even though we were down by so much early on,” says head coach Chris Mooney, “but really just a toughness and a grit and a fight to us that I thought we didn’t have enough of last season.”

A lot of that he says comes from the young players such as freshman De’Monte Buckingham, Nick Sherod, Grant Golden and redshirt sophomore Khwan Fore.

“We’re just going to keep being demanding of them because we feel like they can do it,” says Mooney, “and I think they’ve helped.”

The Spiders (1-1) host Robert Morris (0-2) on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.