Men’s Basketball Hosts Saint Louis Friday Night
DAVIDSON WILDCATS (10-10, 3-5 A-10)
Head Coach: Matt McKillop (Davidson, 2006)
Career Record: 10-10 (1st season), Record at Davidson: Same
SAINT LOUIS BILLIKENS (14-6, 6-1 A-10)
Head Coach: Travis Ford (Kentucky, 1994)
Career Record: 462-349 (26th season), Record at Saint Louis: 126-83 (7th season)
Location: Davidson, N.C.
Site: John M. Belk Arena (4,300)
Radio: Davidson Radio Network
TV | Online: ESPN2 | WatchESPN.com
Streak: Won 3
Last Meeting: 3/12/22, Davidson Won 84-69 (A-10 Semis | Barclays)
Last Davidson Win: 3/12/22, W 84-69 (A-10 Semis | Barclays)
Last Saint Louis Win: 3/16/19, L 44-67 (A-10 Semis | Barclays)
First Meeting: 1/10/15, W 89-54 (Home)
Davidson Record at Home: 4-0
Davidson Record on Road: 2-1
Davidson Record at Neutral Site: 2-1
Matt McKillop‘s Record: 0-0
- After three straight on the road, Davidson returns home Friday for a 7 p.m. tip against Saint Louis.
- The last time the ‘Cats played three straight conference road games was during the 2011-12 campaign in the SoCon.
- The Wildcats enter 10-10 overall and 3-5 in Atlantic 10 play following a 64-57 win at La Salle Tuesday.
- Six of the ‘Cats’ eight A-10 contests have come against teams predicted to finish in the top-half of the standings.
- 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 94 league wins (11.3 per year).
- The Wildcats have recorded an average finish of 4.0 in the 15-team conference and made the A-10 semifinals each year.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- The Wildcats are 6-1 on the 2022-23 season when hitting at least eight 3-pointers in a game. Their only setback came at the buzzer to cross-county rival Charlotte in overtime.
- Eight of Davidson’s contests this season have been decided by five or fewer points. The Wildcats won the first three, but have dropped five straight decided by that margin.
- The Wildcats are 8-2 against the Billikens all-time, including a 4-0 mark on McKillop Court.
- Coming off a career-high 27 points and his fifth double-double of the season, Sam Mennenga is averaging 16.5 points and 11.5 rebounds over his last four games.
- In addition to leading Davidson, he ranks among A-10 leaders in scoring (16.1/ 7th), rebounding (7.7/5th) and field-goal percentage (.523/11th).
- On Tuesday, Foster Loyer became the 54th player in school history and fourth transfer to score 1,000 career points.
- Loyer, who has scored 778 career points in 49 games at Davidson, ranks among league leaders in scoring (15.4/10th), 3-pointers made (46/6th), free-throw percentage (.897/1st), 3-pointers per game (2.3/7th), assists per game (4.6/4th) and steals per game (1.8/5th).
- Loyer and teammate David Skogman (.882) rank 1-2 in the league in free-throw percentage.
- Since being inserted into the starting lineup, Desmond Watson is averaging 11.7 points, including a pair of 19-point performances.
LAST TIME OUT | DAVIDSON – 64, LA SALLE – 57 | JAN. 24, 2023 | PHILADELPHIA, PA
- In addition to Sam Mennenga‘s 27-point, 11-rebound effort, fellow captain Foster Loyer netted his 1,000th career point in Davidson’s 64-57 win at La Salle Tuesday evening inside Tom Gola Arena.
- A redshirt junior from Auckland, New Zealand, Mennenga finished 10-of-16 from the floor, including three treys en route to his fifth double-double of the season and third in the last four outings.
- He was joined in double digits by Loyer and David Skogman, who finished with 12 and 11, respectively. Loyer also added 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.
- After La Salle scored four straight to go up 41-37, Davidson responded with a 13-4 run to take the lead for good midway through the second half.
- Highlighting the ‘Cats’ game-changing streak was three 3-pointers, including Loyer’s with 12:48 to play, making him the 54th player (4th transfer) in school history to reach the 1,000-point milestone.
- Davidson, which got 17 first-half points from Mennenga, trailed 33-32 at intermission.
- The Explorers used a 14-5 spurt midway through the opening period to build a 25-18 lead. The Wildcats slowly chipped away at the deficit, cutting it to one at the half thanks to Loyer’s trey just before the buzzer.
- Daeshon Shepherd led La Salle with 14 points.
- The ‘Cats’ drilled 9-of-22 shot from long range, while holding La Salle to just 33.9 percent from the floor.
- Davidson will conclude its brief homestand Tuesday when VCU visits Belk Arena for a 7 p.m. tip.