DAVIDSON, N.C. – Davidson drilled a school and conference-record 26 3-pointers, including 16 in the opening half as the Wildcats cruised past Charleston Southern, 110-62, to open the 2017-18 men’s basketball season Friday night at Belk Arena.
The ‘Cats, who shot 49.1 percent (26-53) from three-point range, were just two triples shy of the NCAA single-game record of 28 treys, set by Troy against George Mason on Dec. 10, 1994.
In addition to its hot-shooting performance, Davidson (1-0) dished out 29 assists on 35 field goals and only committed one turnover, also a school record.
Sophomore Jon Axel Gudmundsson flirted with a triple-double as he led the Wildcats with a career-high 24 points to go along with 9 rebounds and 8 assists.
In his first collegiate contest, freshman Kellan Grady scored 23 points, highlighted by a 7-of-10 effort from long range in just 18 minutes. Seniors Oskar Michelsen and Peyton Aldridge also finished in double figures for the ‘Cats with 18 points each. Michelsen matched his personal best with six 3-pointers, while Aldridge grabbed 8 boards of his own.
The Wildcats’ first 12 buckets came from downtown as they led by as many as 37 in the first 20 minutes of action, before going to the break up, 58-23. Davidson, which didn’t make a two-point field goal until the 8:47 mark, shot 59.3 percent (16-27) from behind the arc in the period.
Davidson finished at 50 percent (35-70) overall and limited the Buccaneers to just 40.3 percent.
The Wildcats will next host UNC Wilmington at Belk Arena on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.