Hot-Shooting Frampton Helps Men’s Basketball Cruise Past Richmond
DAVIDSON, N.C. — Once Luke Frampton heated up Saturday afternoon in Belk Arena, there was no stopping the Davidson Wildcats.
The red-shirt freshman connected on eight 3-pointers – one shy of tying Stephen Curry’s single-game school record – and matched his career high with 24 points as Davidson rolled past Richmond 75-62 and snapped a four-game skid in the series.
Frampton shot 8-of-15 from deep, and he scored 15 straight Wildcat points as Davidson built a 34-24 halftime lead and extended it to 16 in the opening minute of the second half.
“This is something we’ve known Luke can do,” said coach Bob McKillop, whose team improved to 13-5 overall and 4-1 in the Atlantic 10. “He can do this any night. He’s getting better and better. The rust has come off his game.”
Frampton missed all of last season recovering from a knee injury, but he’s started all 18 contests this year. He also scored 24 points against Temple on Dec. 15 when he shot 7-of-8 from beyond the arc.
“You know when he makes one shot, the next one is probably going in, too,” said Jon Axel Gudmundsson. “So every time he makes one, we’re going back to him, and today, a lot of them went in.”
Frampton said he actually shot the ball poorly during pre-game warmups, and he missed his first three attempts in the game. Then he hit his next seven. He was in the zone.
“It’s pretty unreal,” he said of that feeling. “Any time you shoot it, you feel like it’s going in the ocean. It’s a great feeling.”
The Wildcats shot 46.7 percent from the field (28-of-60) and the 3-point line (14-of-30), held a 43-27 rebounding advantage and totaled 20 assists to nine turnovers.
Richmond (7-11, 1-4) had three players in double figures, led by the 16 of Jacob Gilyard and Nathan Cayo.
Davidson will conclude its brief homestand Wednesday when George Washington visits Belk Arena for a 7 p.m. contest.