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Men’s Basketball Opens League Play Wednesday at Saint Joseph’s

by | Jan 4, 2022

Sam Mennenga during warmups before the Radford game. We like the look on David Kristensen’s face.

 

DAVIDSON WILDCATS (10-2, 0-0 A-10)
Head Coach: Bob McKillop (Hofstra, 1972)
Career Record: 617-375 (33rd season), Record at Davidson: Same

SAINT JOSEPH’S HAWKS (7-5, 1-0 A-10)
Head Coach: Billy Lange (Rowan, 1994)
Career Record: 149-180 (12th season), Record at Saint Joseph’s: 18-46 (3rd season)

GAME INFORMATION
Date | Time: January 5, 2022 | 7:00 PM
Location: Philadelphia, Pa.
Site (Capacity): Hagan Arena (4,200)
Radio: Davidson Radio Network
TV: ESPN+
Online Video: WatchESPN.com
Live Stats: DavidsonWildcats.com | SJUHawks.com

SERIES HISTORY
Series Record: Davidson leads, 12-10
Streak: Won 1
Last Meeting: Jan. 12, 2021, Davidson W 80-66 (Belk Arena)
Last Davidson Win: Jan. 12, 2021, W 80-66 (Belk Arena)
Last St. Joe’s Win: Jan. 15, 2019, W 61-60 (Hagan Arena)
First Meeting: Dec. 17, 1956, L 86-64 (Home)
Davidson Record at Home: 9-3
Davidson Record on Road: 2-6
Davidson Record at Neutral Site: 1-1
Bob McKillop‘s Record: 8-4

WILDCAT SCRATCHES
• Davidson is playing its first game in 14 days after COVID issues within the Duquesne and VCU programs forced postponements of the Dec. 30 and Jan. 2 contests.
• Riding a nine-game win streak, Davidson enters its league opener 10-2 overall.
• The Wildcats’ current win streak is their longest since the 2014-15 season (first year in A-10) when they strung together 10 straight.
• It’s also the 12th time under head coach Bob McKillop Davidson has won at least nine consecutive in a season.
• In seven seasons in the Atlantic 10, the ‘Cats have won a regular season title (2015), tournament title (2018) and totaled 76 league wins (10.8 per year), while recording an average finish of 4.4 in the 14-team conference.
• Davidson is 3-4 in A-10 openers since joining the league in 2014-15.
Hyunjung Lee, a preseason all-conference selection, leads Davidson in scoring at 17.5 points per outing.
• Fellow starters Foster Loyer (15.4), Michael Jones (12.3) and Luka Brajkovic (12.1) are also averaging double figures for the Wildcats through 12 games.
• Loyer enters 22nd nationally in 3-point field-goal percentage, shooting 52.2 percent (35-67), while Jones is 11th in free-throw percentage at 93.1 percent (27-29).
• Davidson’s starting lineup is shooting 51.4 percent (277-538) from the floor and 45.1 percent (107-237) from 3-point range.
• The Wildcats rank among the nation’s best in field-goal percentage (.500/10th), 3-point field-goal percentage (.424/3rd), 3-pointers made per game (10.0/28th), assists/turnover ratio (1.63/10th), assists per game (16.8/31st) and fewest turnovers per game (10.3/20th).

LAST TIME OUT
• Playing their second game in 18 hours, the Davidson Wildcats hit the century mark for the first time this year and raced by Johnson and Wales (Charlotte) 106-64 on Dec. 22 in Belk Arena.
• Originally scheduled to play Loyola Chicago University, the Wildcats posted their ninth straight win a day after beating No. 10 Alabama 79-78 in Birmingham.
• Davidson, which led throughout and 48-23 at the break, shot 57.3 percent (43-of-75) from the field and 42.4 percent (14-of-33) from long range.
• While Hyunjung Lee scored 12 points to lead the starters, Davidson reserves carried the weight. David Kristensen scored a career-high 16 points, while freshmen Chris Ford and Styrmir Thrastarson turned in their top performances to date. Ford had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Thrastarson scored 12 points.
• In all, 11 Wildcats played double-digit minutes, with only Desmond Watson playing more than 20 (21).
• The Wildcats scored 15 of the game’s first 18 points, including 12 straight, and never trailed. Davidson also put together 12-2 and 15-3 first-half spurts.

UP NEXT
• Davidson returns home to Belk Arena Saturday for a 2 p.m. nationally-televised contest (CBSSN) against Rhode Island.

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