Men’s Basketball Wins Conference Opener in Philly
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Foster Loyer paced five Davidson players in double figures with a game-high 25 points and the Wildcats won their 10th straight with an 88-73 victory over Saint Joseph’s in the Atlantic 10 opener Wednesday night inside Hagan Arena.
On its longest winning streak since its first season in the league, Davidson improved to 11-2 overall.
A redshirt junior from Clarkston, Mich., Loyer finished 10-of-17 from the floor, handed out 5 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Fellow starters Michael Jones (18), Hyunjung Lee (17), Sam Mennenga (13) and Luka Brajkovic (11) also went over the 10-point plateau for the ‘Cats, who shot 50.8 percent and drilled 11 3-pointers.
Lee also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of 2021-22.
After the Hawks connected on back-to-back treys to take their first advantage at the 8:31 mark, Loyer responded with 11 straight for the ‘Cats, who closed the opening half on a 13-3 spurt to lead 38-33 at the break.
Davidson carried its momentum into the second period, opening on a 17-6 streak to all but put the game out of reach. The Wildcats’ lead grew to as many as 22 with under two minutes to play on a pair of Lee free throws.
Jordan Hall and Dahmir Bishop led Saint Joseph’s with 17 points each.
Davidson returns to Belk Arena Saturday for a 2 p.m. nationally-televised (CBS Sports Network) contest against Rhode Island.