No player tested positive in Spiders’ hoops pause
Virus interruption is linked to 3 members of team’s travel party
The COVID-19 interruption of Richmond’s basketball season involved three members of the Spiders’ travel party to Lexington, Ky., where UR played last Friday and Sunday before flying back to Richmond. No player tested positive, according to coach Chris Mooney.
The No. 19 Spiders (2-0) continue to sort through the situation that caused them to call off Wednesday’s game at Charleston. Mooney shed some light on developments as a guest on the podcast of ESPN personality Scott Van Pelt.
“The frustrating thing was … for us, wearing the mask didn’t prevent you from being a close contact. So if you sat behind somebody on a plane who tested positive, you’re within 6 feet, even though everybody was wearing masks everywhere … you were considered a close contact,” Mooney said.
Mooney added that UR considered possibilities of false positives, and to establish those, “you need three negatives each separated by 24 hours… If that would happen, we’d only be paused for a few days.”
If not, suspension could last longer.
Richmond’s Nov. 25 opener
against Detroit Mercy was scratched after a positive test in the Titans’ program. The Spiders are scheduled to open at home Saturday against Furman. As of Wednesday night, that game had not been postponed or canceled.
Members of Division I programs test three times a week on nonconsecutive days, per NCAA guidelines. The Spiders tested three times during their trip to Kentucky, according to Mooney.
UR beat Morehead State 82-64 on Friday, and then upset Kentucky 76-64 on Sunday.
Other A-10 members whose seasons have been interrupted by positive tests: George Mason, St. Bonaventure, Massachusetts, Fordham and Saint Joseph’s. William & Mary has also suspended competition.