Backcourt Leads Men’s Basketball Past UNLV on Final Day of Maui Invite
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Davidson’s Kellan Grady (22), Hyunjung Lee (21) and Carter Collins (18) combined for 61 points to lead the ‘Cats past UNLV, 77-73, in the final game of the 2020 Maui Invitational Wednesday at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center.
“We had to make some big plays to get this done,” said head coach Bob McKillop.
After dropping the first two games of the annual event by a total of three points, including a two-point loss to eventual champion Texas in the opener, the ‘Cats improved to 2-2 on the young season.
“We’re just getting better every day, and we’ll be prepared for the next situation,” said Lee.
In addition to the backcourt trio, junior Luka Brajkovic added 10 points for the Wildcats, including a late 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring to all but put the game away with 36 seconds left.
Davidson, which led by as many as 14 after intermission, finished 25-of-31 from the charity stripe and shot just under 50 percent for the game.
Bryce Hamilton led the way for UNLV (0-4) with a game-high 27 points, while David Jenkins added 18.
Trailing 24-22 with 6:07 to play in the first half, Davidson reeled off 10 unanswered as part of a 19-5 run to close the frame and take a 41-29 lead into the locker room.
For the second straight outing, the ‘Cats held the advantage on the glass, finishing with a 36-25 advantage.
Davidson will enjoy a nine-day break for final exams before hosting former Southern Conference foe Georgia Southern Dec. 11 at Belk Arena.