Men’s Basketball Heads to Fordham for League Opener Wednesday
DAVIDSON WILDCATS (7-5, 0-0 A-10)
Head Coach: Matt McKillop (Davidson, 2006)
Career Record: 7-5 (1st season), Record at Davidson: Same
FORDHAM RAMS (12-1, 0-0 A-10)
Head Coach: Keith Urgo (Fairfield, 2002)
Career Record: 12-1 (1st season), Record at Fordham: Same
Location: Bronx, N.Y.
Site: Rose Hill Gym (3,200)
Radio: Davidson Radio Network
TV: CBS Sports Network
Streak: Won 11
Last Meeting: March 11, 2022, Davidson Won, 74-56 (A-10 Quarters)
Last Davidson Win: March 11, 2022, Won, 74-56 (A-10 Quarters)
Last Fordham Win: Jan. 11, 2017, W, 60-54 (Belk Arena)
First Meeting: Dec. 29, 1966, W 74-60 (Johnston Gym)
Davidson Record at Home: 7-1
Davidson Record on Road: 5-1
Davidson Record at Neutral Site: 1-0
Matt McKillop‘s Record: 0-0
- Davidson enters Atlantic 10 Conference play 7-5 on the 2022-23 season.
- Since joining the A-10 in 2014-15, Davidson has won two regular season titles (2015, 2022), a tournament title (2018), made three NCAA Tournaments (2015, 2018, 2022) and totaled 91 league wins (11.3 per year).
- The Wildcats have recorded an average finish of 4.0 in the 14-team conference and made the tournament semifinals each year.
- Davidson is 4-4 in A-10 Conference openers.
- Preseason all-conference selection Foster Loyer continues to lead the ‘Cats in scoring, averaging 18.7 points per game.
- The red-shirt senior enters just 83 points shy of 1,000 for his career.
- Loyer ranks among league leaders in scoring (18.7/4th), 3-pointers made (34/6th), free-throw percentage (.882/2nd), 3-pointers per game (2.8/5th), assists per game (5.7/2nd) and steals per game (2.3/1st).
- Sam Mennenga is also contributing double figures (15.8 ppg) for the ‘Cats, while leading the team in rebounding (7.0 rpg) and field-goal percentage (.529).
- Davidson has won 11 straight against the Fordham Rams and leads the all-time series, 13-2.
- The Wildcats are 14-5 in true road games dating back to the 2020-21 season.
LAST TIME OUT | NORTHEASTERN – 73, DAVIDSON – 70 | DEC. 21, 2022 | DAVIDSON, N.C.
- Grant Huffman scored a career-high 18 points to lead the Davidson Wildcats in a 73-70 loss to Northeastern in the final non-conference matchup Dec. 21 in Belk Arena.
- Northeastern led most of the way, while Huffman was the catalyst for Davidson, which got its first lead, 58-57, on a Huffman layup with 6:31 to play. From there, a back-and-forth contest ensued with five lead changes and three ties.
- Ultimately, the Huskies pulled ahead by three on a Jahmyl Telfort runner and Jared Turner free throw. Davidson had a chance to tie it at the buzzer, but Sam Mennenga‘s 3-point shot from the top of the key missed the mark.
- Huffman’s previous high was 17 points at College of Charleston earlier this year. Foster Loyer finished with 16 points, and David Skogman led the effort off the bench with 11 points and nine rebounds. Mennenga added nine points and 10 boards.
- Telfort led Northeastern’s four double-digit scorers with 20 points.
- Northeastern started fast, jumping out to a 14-4 advantage and led by as many as 11 in the opening 20 minutes. The Wildcats got to within one on separate occasions in the period, but the Huskies used another run late to stretch the margin back to double digits at the half, 42-32.
- Huffman keyed an 11-2 run early in the second to get Davidson within two points.
- Davidson returns home to Belk Arena on Saturday for a 2 p.m. New Year’s Eve contest against Dayton.