Men’s Basketball Host Western Carolina
DAVIDSON WILDCATS (6-3, 0-0 A-10)
Head Coach: Matt McKillop (Davidson, 2006)
Career Record: 6-3 (1st season), Record at Davidson: Same
WESTERN CAROLINA CATAMOUNTS (4-5, 0-0 SOCON)
Head Coach: Justin Gray (Wake Forest, 2006)
Career Record: 15-26 (2nd season), Record at Western Carolina: Same
Locations: Davidson, N.C. | Site: John M. Belk Arena
Radio: Davidson Radio Network
Streak: Won 1
Last Meeting: Dec. 12, 2015; Davidson Won 87-54 (Home)
Last Davidson Win: Dec. 12, 2015; Won 87-54 (Home)
Last WCU Win: March 9, 2014; L 99-97 (OT) (SoCon Semis)
First Meeting: Dec. 19, 1977; W 82-76 (Home)
Davidson Record at Home: 21-7
Davidson Record on Road: 17-9
Davidson Record at Neutral Site: 4-5
Matt McKillop‘s Record: 0-0
- Davidson returns to Belk Arena Wednesday evening when former and long-time conference foe Western Carolina visits for a 7 p.m. tip.
- The Wildcats and Catamounts will be meeting for the 64th time on the hardwood
- Davidson enters 6-3 overall following a 69-67 loss at Delaware over the weekend.
- Five of Davidson’s nine games this season have been decided by five points or less, including the last two.
- Foster Loyer continues to lead the Wildcats in scoring averaging 21.0 points per game.
- Fellow captain Sam Mennenga is also contributing double figures (16.7 ppg), while leading the team in rebounding (7.2 rpg) and field-goal percentage (.580).
- Loyer and Mennenga have combined for eight of the Wildcats’ nine (Reed Bailey) 20-point outings this season.
- The ‘Cats have won 59 of their last 68 games on Bob McKillop Court and 16 of 18 dating back to last season.
LAST TIME OUT | DELAWARE 69, DAVIDSON 67 | DEC. 3, 2022 | NEWARK, DEL.
- Despite Sam Mennenga‘s third 20-point outing of the season, Davidson fell at Delaware, 69-67, in non-conference men’s basketball action Saturday afternoon from inside the Bob Carpenter Center.
- Mennenga, one of four Davidson players in double figures, scored 20 points, finished 9-of-16 from the floor and grabbed nine rebounds. Connor Kochera added a season-high 17 points, while Reed Bailey and Desmond Watson scored 10 each.
- Foster Loyer, who entered as the nation’s fourth leading scorer, had just 8 points for the Wildcats, but contributed 7 assists, 5 boards and 4 steals in 37 minutes.
- Delaware, which shot 50 percent in the first half, grabbed the lead for good with an early 12-2 run and would later close the period with a 10-2 spurt to take a 34-23 advantage at intermission.
- The ‘Cats got to within three, 40-37, on a Menennga layup at the 12:57 mark, but the Blue Hens stretched the margin back to double figures.
- Facing its largest deficit of the game, 61-47, with 4:57 remaining, Davidson slowly chipped away eventually making it a one possession game in the closing seconds.
- After the Blue Hens came up empty at the free-throw line a second straight trip, the Wildcats had one last chance to tie or win the game, but Loyer’s 3-point attempt was unsuccessful.
- Like Davidson, Delaware placed four in double digits, led by Jyare Davis’ 25-point performance on 12-of-19 shooting.
- Davidson will take a break for final exams before returning to the hardwood Dec. 17 against No. 4 Purdue in the Indy Classic.