Wildcats Upset Rhode Island 63-61
DAVIDSON, N.C. – Jon Axel Gudmundsson‘s 3-point play with 3.1 seconds remaining, capped a 9-0 Davidson run in the closing minutes, as the Wildcats knocked off No. 16/17 Rhode Island, 63-61, Friday in front of a sold out Belk Arena.
Trailing 61-54 at the 2:47 mark, Kellan Grady scored six straight for Davidson (18-11, 13-5 A-10) to cut the deficit to 61-60, with 16 seconds remaining.
During the ‘Cats’ come-from-behind spurt, the Rams missed the front end of three consecutive one-and-ones, including Jared Terrell’s attempt with 15 ticks left, which set up Gudmundsson’s heroics.
Rhode Island (23-6, 15-3 A-10) had one final shot, but Fatts Russell’s try from just inside of mid-court, rimmed off.
Coming off a career-high 45 points in Davidson’s thrilling triple-overtime contest at St. Bonaventure Tuesday, Peyton Aldridge recorded his sixth straight double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Grady finished with 16 points, while Gudmundsson added 11 to go along with 6 boards and 6 assists.
After Davidson jumped out to an 8-3 lead highlighted by triples from Aldridge and Oskar Michelsen, the Rams answered with a 20-6 streak and carried a 35-29 advantage into the half.
Terrell, who scored 16 points in the first half, led three Rams in double figures with 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting.
Davidson, which entered fourth nationally in free-throw percentage at 79.1 percent, finished 12-of-14 (.857) at the line, while Rhody converted just 5-of-11.
Tonight’s win for the Wildcats was their first over a ranked opponent since knocking off No. 22 Dayton on Jan. 20, 2015.
Davidson will travel to Washington, D.C. for the 2018 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Wildcats, who earned a double bye, will begin play with a 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. quarterfinal contest on Friday, March 9 inside Capital One Arena.