Men’s Basketball Cruises By Loyola Chicago 80-57
DAVIDSON — In what coach Matt McKillop called “easily our best performance start to finish” this year, the Davidson Wildcats cruised to an 80-57 Atlantic 10 win over league newcomer Loyola Chicago Wednesday night in Belk Arena.
The Wildcats, now 9-6 overall, improved to 2-1 in league play, while Loyola (6-8) fell to 0-2.
Davidson led throughout, including 33-30 at the break, and extended its 39-37 lead with a 16-4 run early in the second half. The run was keyed by point guard Foster Loyer, who scored 12 of the points in the stretch en route to a 21-point night. Loyer was especially dangerous in the midrange, hitting four jumpers during the run that took the lead to 55-41. From there, the Wildcats led by double digits the rest of the way.
The Wildcats, who outscored the Ramblers 47-27 and shot 68 percent in the second half, got 22 points and seven rebounds from Sam Mennenga.
Fellow forward David Skogman gave the Wildcats a lift off the bench in the first half, scoring nine of 12 points in one stretch, and finished with 16. Guard Grant Huffman added 11 points and had two thunderous dunks on a night Davidson finished with five.
Davidson shot 19-of-22 (86.4 percent) at the foul line, including 5-of-6 nights from Mennenga and Skogman and a 4-of-4 effort from Loyer.
Bryce Golden led Loyola with 13 points, while Philip Alston scored 12.
The Wildcats will visit A-10 foe VCU Saturday at 12 p.m.