Grant Golden is continuing his strong season for the University of Richmond’s men’s basketball team.

The former Sherando standout leads the team, averaging 17.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.

Golden, who has started all 27 games for the Spiders, is shooting 53 percent (187-for-353) from the field. He is also shooting 31 percent (13-for-42) from 3-point range.

The 6-foot-10 redshirt sophomore also has 87 assists, 25 blocks and 10 steals.

Golden had 24 points and nine rebounds in an 84-75 victory over La Salle University on Saturday. He shot 10-for-12 from the field. Golden had six assists in the victory.

Golden had 16 points and six rebounds on Feb. 20 in a 72-69 victory over Fordham University. He went 7-for-13 from the field and had three assists and two blocks in the win.

The Spiders are 12-15 overall and 6-8 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. They are tied for eighth place in the Atlantic 10 and play at George Mason University on Wednesday.

FLYING START: Ryan Smoot (Strasburg ’15) had a strong performance for Virginia Military Institute’s baseball team against Clemson University on Sunday. Clemson is ranked 14th in the country.

The senior catcher went 1-for-1 with two runs scored and an RBI against the Tigers. He also drew four walks in the 11-6 loss. One of Smoot’s walks came with the bases loaded to score a run for the Keydets.

Smoot has a team-best .609 on-base percentage. He is batting .182 (2-for-11) for the season and is third on the team with six runs scored. He also has two RBIs and a team-best nine walks. Smoot also leads the team with three hit-by-pitches.

In a 9-3 win over Saint Joseph’s University on Feb. 15, Smoot drew three walks and scored two runs.

Two days later, he went 1-for-3 with a run scored in a 9-4 victory over Saint Joseph’s.

Smoot has started five of VMI’s eight games so far this season. The Keydets are 2-6 overall. VMI plays at James Madison University at 3 p.m., today.

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