Burton’s big night leads No. 19 Spiders past Northern Iowa

Burton's career night leads Richmond past Northern Iowa

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Three Spiders posted double-doubles, led by Tyler Burton’s career performance, as No. 19 Richmond topped Northern Iowa, 78-68, on Wednesday night at the Robins Center.

Burton posted a career-best 21 points and 13 rebounds, Grant Golden tallied 17 points and 11 boards, while Jacob Gilyard added 12 points and a career-high 11 assists. It marks the first time that three Spiders have recorded double-doubles in the same game in at least the last 25 years, according to an athletic department release.

An 18-3 Northern Iowa run propelled the Panthers to a 32-22 lead late in the first half, but the Spiders had an answer and trimmed their deficit to 33-31 by halftime. Chris Mooney watched his team commit an uncharacteristic nine turnover over the course of the first 20 minutes (Richmond averaged 10.3 turnovers per game entering the night).

Burton’s three-point play with 15:33 remaining would put Richmond back in front, 41-40, and the Spiders would never trail again, opening up the lead to as many as 15 points. They shot 55 percent in the second frame and held Northern Iowa to just three three-pointers on the night.

The sophomore Burton was efficient on his career night, knocking down seven of his nine shots, including three of his five three point attempts. He played a career-high 38 minutes and has proven more than capable of filling in for the injured Nick Sherod.

“I just wanted to make it very little drop off to this year, especially with Nick out, and just make sure I can show that I can shoot the ball and I’ve been working on it,” Burton said.

“I think he’s going to be one of the great Richmond players of all time,” Chris Mooney added. “There are plenty of teams around the country- he’d be the best player as a sophomore. For him to be playing with this group, he’s lucky, and those guys are pretty fortunate to have him also.”

Richmond improved to 4-0 and has won eight straight games dating back to last season. It marks the Spiders’ longest winning streak since the 2010-2011 campaign.

The Spiders hit the road for a Sunday match-up at No. 11 West Virginia. Tipoff is set for 1:00, as Richmond looks for its second victory over a ranked opponent this season.

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