Men’s Basketball Rallies Past ECU on Final Day of Myrtle Beach Invite
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Hyunjung Lee scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Davidson to a 76-67 come-from-behind win over East Carolina on the final day of the Myrtle Beach Invitational.
In addition to his second career double-double, Lee finished 8-of-15 from the floor, including five 3-pointers.
Luka Brajkovic (14), Sam Mennenga (11) and Foster Loyer (10) joined the preseason all-conference selection in double figures, while fellow starter Michael Jones scored nine points to go along with a career-best eight assists.
Trailing 47-34 early in the second half, the Wildcats slowly chipped away at the game’s largest margin and eventually took their first lead, 57-55, thanks to eight straight capped off by a Mennenga two-handed jam with 7:47 to play.
ECU went back in front with a Tremont Robinson-White trey the next trip, but Davidson (3-2) answered again, and Lee’s fifth triple of the game put the ‘Cats up for good with just under four minutes remaining.
Tristen Newton, who scored 18 points in the opening half, led the Pirates with a game-high 28 points.
After consecutive treys from Loyer and Brajkovic cut Davidson’s deficit to 22-20, ECU (4-2) responded with a 12-3 run before carrying a 45-34 advantage into the half.
Both teams hit seven 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes, but the Pirates shot 52 percent in the period and out-rebounded the ‘Cats 24-11 in the frame.
The Wildcats were much better on the glass in the second half as ECU finished with a 37-33 edge for the game.
Davidson, which shot 53.3 percent after intermission, was just as impressive at the defensive end, holding East Carolina to just 7-of-24 (.292).
Davidson returns home to Belk Arena Saturday, Nov. 27 for a 2 p.m. tip against Robert Morris.