Men’s Basketball Wins Thriller and 13th Straight, Michael Jones Was on Fire
RICHMOND, Va. – Michael Jones scored a career-high 29 points and drilled his eighth trey of the game from 27 feet with three seconds to play, lifting Davidson to its 13th straight win, an 87-84 victory over Richmond Friday evening inside the Robins Center.
In addition to their best start since the 1969-70 season, the Wildcats have the nation’s longest winning streak, improving to 14-2 overall and 4-0 in league play.
A redshirt junior from Woodbury, Minn., Jones finished 9-of-12 from the floor, including an 8-of-9 effort from deep to lead four ‘Cats in double figures.
With the score knotted at 84-all and the clock ticking under 10 seconds, Jones took a pass from Hyunjung Lee near the top of the key and fired his go-ahead shot from deep right. It was all net. Richmond quickly tried to counter, but Jacob Gilyard’s 3-point attempt missed the mark at the horn.
Behind nine first-half 3-pointers, including a perfect 6-for-6 effort from Jones, Davidson carried a 47-39 into the half.
After the Wildcats started 7-of-8 from the floor and raced to a 16-2 lead, the Spiders responded with 13 straight and cut the deficit to one on separate occasions. Highlighted by three straight Jones triples, Davidson closed the first 20 minutes on a 12-5 spurt.
The Wildcats, who torched the nets for 66.7 percent in the first half, finished the game at 53.6 percent, which included a 13-of-27 showing from behind the 3-point line.
Richmond opened the second half on a 16-4 run to grab its first lead, which it eventually stretched to 60-54 midway through the period. Davidson slowly chipped away at its largest deficit and retook the lead 68-67 on a Lee 3-pointer with 8:19 to play.
After a pair of Loyer free throws gave the Wildcats an 84-79 advantage with 43 seconds remaining, Richmond followed with a Tyler Burton trey and steal leading to a Nathan Cayo tip-in to tie the score with 11 ticks left.
Gilyard and Nick Sherod led the way for the Spiders with 28 and 20 points, respectively.