Men’s Basketball Wraps Up Home Slate Wednesday Against George Mason – SENIOR NIGHT
Prior to Wednesday’s contest, Davidson will honor its 2022 Senior Class: Nelson Boachie-Yiadom, Luka Brajkovic, Ben Craig, Drew Dibble, Michael Jones and student managers Sourna Daneshvar and Joe Nero.
DAVIDSON WILDCATS (24-4, 14-2 A-10)
Head Coach: Bob McKillop (Hofstra, 1972)
Career Record: 631-377 (33rd season), Record at Davidson: Same
GEORGE MASON PATRIOTS (14-13, 7-7 A-10)
Head Coach: Kim English (Missouri, 2012)
Career Record: 14-13 (1st season), Record at George Mason: Same
Date | Time: March 2, 2022 | 7:00 PM
Location: Davidson, N.C.
Site: John M. Belk Arena (4,300)
Radio: Davidson Radio Network
Live Stats: DavidsonWildcats.com
Series Record: Davidson leads, 7-2
Streak: Won 4
Last Meeting: 3/5/21; Davidson W 99-67 (A-10 | Robins Center)
Last Davidson Win: 3/5/21; W 99-67 (A-10 | Robins Center)
Last George Mason Win: 2/8/17; L 76-69 (Belk Arena)
First Meeting: 1/24/15; W, 80-73 ot (EagleBank Arena)
Davidson Record at Home: 3-1
Davidson Record on Road: 3-1
Davidson Record at Neutral Site: 1-0
Bob McKillop‘s Record: 7-2
• Coming off a 66-45 win over Fordham, the Wildcats enter 24-4 overall and alone atop the Atlantic 10 Conference standings at 14-2.
• Matching its best start under head coach Bob McKillop, Davidson has won 23 of its last 25.
• The program’s best start came during the 1964-65 season when the ‘Cats started 24-1 before falling in their final game of the year.
• McKillop has guided Davidson to 17 20-win campaigns and double-digit conference wins 26 times in his 33 years.
• Since joining the A-10, the Wildcats have won a regular season title (2015), tournament title (2018) and totaled 90 league wins (11.2 per year), while recording an average finish of 4.4 in the 14-team conference and making the tournament semifinals each year.
• Davidson has clinched a double-bye in the A-10 Tournament for the fifth time in eight years.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Foster Loyer (16.5), Hyunjung Lee (16.4), Luka Brajkovic (14.9) and Michael Jones (12.2) are each averaging double figures for the Wildcats.
• Loyer enters ninth nationally in 3-point field-goal percentage, shooting 43.7 percent (63-144).
• In addition, he leads the nation in free-throw percentage (.941 | 96-102).
• Averaging 20.6 points over his last five games, Lee enters just eight points shy of 1,000 for his career.
• Brajkovic, a preseason all-conference selection, is averaging 17.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 blocks per game against league competition, while shooting 59.4 percent (104-175) from the field and 45.8 percent (22-48) from behind the 3-point line.
• Davidson’s starting lineup is shooting 50.3 percent (641-1273) from the floor and 42.0 percent (229-544) from 3-point range.
• The Wildcats rank among the nation’s best in field-goal percentage (13th), 3-point field-goal percentage (4th), free-throw percentage (24th) and assist/turnover ratio (12th).
• Davidson is 20-0 on the season when hitting the 70-point plateau.
• The Wildcats’ last three wins have come by an average margin of +22.0.
LAST TIME OUT
• Sam Mennenga matched his career-high with 17 points and frontcourt mate Luka Brajkovic added a double-double recording 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Davidson past Fordham, 66-45 Saturday inside John M. Belk Arena.
• Mennenga finished 4-of-8 from the floor, went 9-of-10 at the charity stripe to go along with nine rebounds. Davidson’s big men were joined in double figures by Michael Jones (12) and Hyunjung Lee (10).
• Emory Lanier also turned in a solid outing for the ‘Cats with 8 points and 3 assists in a personal-best 23 minutes off the bench.
• Davidson scored the first five points after intermission and would later use a 20-5 streak to push the lead to its largest, 66-35, on a Mennenga 3-point play with 3:39 to play.
• The Wildcats, who outscored Duquesne 38-17 in the second half Wednesday, was just as impressive in the final stanza today limiting the Rams to only four field goals as they concluded the contest at just 24.5 percent.
• In the opening 20 minutes, both teams went on lengthy runs, but also had scoring droughts of more than eight minutes before Davidson went into the break up, 28-23.
• After the Rams scored the first bucket of the contest, a trey from Josh Colon-Navarro, the Wildcats responded with 16 unanswered. Fordham answered with an 18-3 run of its own, Davidson closed the period on a 9-2 spurt.
• Chuba Ohams was the lone Fordham player to crack the 10-point plateau with 15 points.
• Davidson will conclude its 2021-22 regular season Saturday with a 12:30 p.m. tip a Dayton.