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Aldridge’s 38 and 14 Leads Davidson Past UMass, 83-78

by | Feb 18, 2018 | Sports

Sophomore Jon Alex Gudmundson catches UMass players off guard with a pass instead of the expected layup.

DAVIDSON, N.C. – Peyton Aldridge scored 23 of his career-high 38 points in the first half and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Davidson past UMass, 83-78, in Atlantic 10 action Saturday inside John M. Belk Arena.

Senior Peyton Aldridge takes one in for 2, in a career high 38 point night against UMass.

Aldridge, who hit the 20-point plateau in the first half for the second straight home game, finished 13-of-21 from the floor and 9-of-10 at the line.

As a team, the Wildcats shot 55.1 percent overall and finished with a 35-25 margin on the glass.

Kellan Grady and Will Magarity also finished in double figures for Davidson (15-10, 10-4 A-10) with 12 and 11, respectively. Jon Axel Gudmundsson turned in a solid performance with 7 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists.

Freshman Kellan Grady soars head and shoulders over the UMass Minutemen in the Wildcats 83-78 win.

The Wildcats broke open a 47-47 deadlock with an 18-5 spurt to take their largest lead, 65-52, with 8:07 remaining.

Davidson went 21-of-28 from the charity stripe, but made just 5-of-9 in the closing minutes, which to allowed the Minutemen to cut the deficit to four, with five seconds left.

Luwane Pipkins paced UMass (11-16, 4-10 A-10) with 31 points, including five of his team’s 12 3-pointers.

The ‘Cats, who trailed 29-21 with 6:31 left in the opening half, closed the period on a 20-7 run to take a 41-36 advantage into the break.

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Davidson will conclude its brief homestand Wednesday with a 7 p.m. tip against Fordham. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a Bob McKillop ‘Bob’blehead.

Coach Bob McKillop looks on as Kellan Grady and Will Maggarity defend against UMass.

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