Men’s Basketball Wins Third Straight
DAVIDSON — Three straight wins and four of their last five.
The Davidson Wildcats continued to trend in the right direction Saturday night with a 68-53 Atlantic 10 victory over George Mason in Belk Arena.
Davidson (10-9 overall, 4-3 A-10) closed the game on a 15-4 run, including the contest’s final seven points, as the Patriots (13-7, 2-5) hit just one of 13 shots down the stretch and did not score for the final 2:33.
Reigning A-10 Player of the Year Jon Axel Gudmundsson turned in his third double-double of his senior season with 27 points and 10 rebounds, while also dishing out four assists. After Patriot Javon Greene drained a 3-pointer to cut Davidson’s lead to 53-49 with 4:42 to play, Gudmundsson answered with a trey of his own, sparking the final sequence.
“He was just possessed today, and that’s the way he’s been playing lately,” said Davidson coach Bob McKillop.
Wildcat Mike Jones added 15 points, including 12 in the first half, and the Wildcats got a boost from forward Bates Jones, who pulled down four offensive boards and scored seven points in 27 minutes off the bench.
Defensively, the Wildcats kept George Mason guard Greene in check. He entered Saturday having scored 32 and 39 in his last two games, but he did not score in the first 20 minutes, as Davidson crafted a 27-25 halftime lead. Greene finished with 12 points, and Kellan Grady’s effort on him drew his coach’s praise.
“It’s probably the best defense he’s played while he’s been at Davidson,” said McKillop.
A.J. Wilson led George Mason with 18 points and blocked five shots.
The Wildcats will play at George Washington at 7 p.m. Wednesday.