Spiders cancel Wednesday’s game after COVID-19 testing

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Posted at 5:05 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 18:13:35-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Richmond Spiders men's basketball team has canceled Wednesday’s game at the College of Charleston and paused all team activities in response to results from COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.

"We are pausing our men's basketball program for now in accordance with the guidelines of the CDC, Virginia Department of Health and our University medical professionals," Vice President and Director of Athletics John P. Hardt said in a statement. "Although we are extremely disappointed for our student-athletes, our coaches and our fans, the health and safety of our Spider student-athletes and staff must be our top priority."

This comes just two days after the Spiders beat No.10 Kentucky wildcats, the programs first ever road win against a top-10 team. Monday, the Spiders were ranked No 19. in the AP Top 25, it's first Top-25 ranking since 2010 and highest ranking since 1957.

"We will continue to follow the guidelines and protocols of the appropriate medical professionals," Hardt continued. "I know our athletics program, including our men's basketball student-athletes, coaches and staff will continue to do an excellent job being proactive and following the appropriate protocols. They have all worked extremely hard to ensure the safest environment possible, so this current situation is especially frustrating."