Richmond failed to cash in on a single backdoor cut. And when the Spiders got near the basket, three UK blocks (and numerous other "contests") made that unproductive.
Gilyard had little impact in the first half. Richmond's star guard missed all six off his shots. He had one steal and one assist before halftime.
Gilyard got off to a fast start after the break. He had a steal and two assists inside the first three minutes. That helped put Kentucky behind 36-30, which was the Cats' largest deficit at that point.
Richmond got its first backdoor score with 12:01 left. Big man Grant Golden passed to a cutting Andre Gustavson for a layup that put Kentucky behind 46-43.
A pass that led to a better shot netted a three-pointer for Richard. That put Kentucky behind 51-44 and prompted a UK timeout with 10:37 left.
The deficit grew after the timeout. Gilyard's steal and fast-break layup put Richmond ahead 55-46.
After a UK turnover, Golden made a three-point shot — the ball hit off the rim, then dropped through — to give Richmond a 58-46 lead.
Kentucky closed within 58-50. Then Gilyard answered with a fast-break layup. Then he backhanded a flip pass to set up a three-pointer by Matt Grace that put Richard ahead 63-50 with 4:26 left.
Kentucky looks for "kills," which it defines as two or more consecutive defensive stops. There were not many in a second half that saw Richmond shoot with 59.4-percent accuracy (19 of 32).(c)2020 Lexington Herald-Leader (Lexington, Ky.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC