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Late Run Lifts Men’s Basketball Over VCU on Senior Night, 75-65

by | Mar 9, 2020 | Sports

The Wildcats honored their seniors before Friday night’s game.


DAVIDSON — A 22-2 run midway through the second half turned a tight game, featuring 13 lead changes, into a double-digit victory for the Davidson Wildcats Friday night in Belk Arena.

Davidson wrapped up the regular season with a 75-65 win over VCU on Senior Night, taking its record to 16-14 overall and 10-8 in the Atlantic 10. The Wildcats will have the No. 7 seed at next week’s A-10 Tournament in Brooklyn.

“We’re believing in our dreams,” said senior guard Jon Axel Gudmundsson, who scored 10 of 17 points after halftime. “Our dreams are still in front of us.”

In a back-and-forth contest, VCU (18-13, 8-10) took a 53-51 lead on an alley-oop from Bones Hyland to Hason Ward with 12:09 to play. But the Wildcats responded with the next 10 points, and by the time Gudmundsson drained two free throws with 4:20 to go, the Wildcats had a commanding 73-55 lead.

The decisive run had plenty of Wildcat offense and defense, too.

“I thought we just got stop after stop after stop, which got us into great offense,” said head coach Bob McKillop.

Kellan Grady came off the bench to score a game-high 18 points, while Luka Brajkovic scored 12 and Hyunjung Lee added 10. VCU was led by Hyland’s 17 points.

Prior to the game, Gudmundsson was honored, along with the rest of the 2020 class: KiShawn Pritchett and walk-ons Cal Freundlich, Malcolm Wynter and Pat Casey.

“It was great playing in front of these fans for the last time,” said Gudmundsson. “It’s a blessing. You can’t ask for anything else.”

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