Aldridge Scores 32, Wildcats Hit 20 3-Pointers in 91-62 Win Over Saint Joseph’s
DAVIDSON, N.C. – Peyton Aldridge scored 29 of his game-high 32 points in the first half and Davidson drilled 20 3-pointers as the Wildcats defeated Saint Joseph’s, 91-62, Tuesday evening in Atlantic 10 action inside John M. Belk Arena.
Aldridge, who outscored the Hawks in the opening period, finished 13-of-22 from the floor, hit 5 treys and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Kellan Grady joined the preseason all-conference selection in double figures with 15, while KiShawn Pritchett added 12 points to go along with 9 assists and no turnovers.
Davidson (13-9, 8-3 A-10), which shot 60.6 percent in the first 20 minutes, raced out to a 17-6 advantage highlighted by 12 points from Aldridge. The Wildcats hit 11 3-pointers in the half before going to the break up 51-28 on an Aldridge 19-foot jumper at the buzzer.
In addition to handing out 27 assists on 34 made field goals, Davidson shot 54.8 percent overall, including a 51.3 percent (20-39) clip from long range.
The Wildcats pushed the advantage to as many 31 with under two minutes remaining.
Shavar Newkirk scored 16 points to pace Saint Joseph’s (9-14, 4-7 A-10), which hit 10 3-pointers of its own, but shot 42.3 percent.
Tonight’s 3-point performance by the ‘Cats, marks the second time this year with at least 20 makes, as they hit a school-record 26 in their season opener with Charleston Southern.
Davidson will travel to No. 18 Rhode Island for a nationally-televised (ESPN2) contest Friday at 7 p.m.