A-10 Notebook: Davidson, George Washington earn conference wins

By Zak Borrelli

(Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS)
(Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS)

Davidson used a balanced offensive onslaught and hot shooting from deep to defeat Duquesne by a final score of 93-82 Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Junior guard Jack Gibbs scored 25 points to lead the way for the Wildcats (13-8, 5-5 Atlantic 10), making 3-of-5 from 3-point range and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe. Senior guard Brian Sullivan chipped in 22 points of his own behind a 5-for-8 night from beyond the arc.

Although the two guards led the way for its team, Davidson got contributions from a variety of players, including sophomore forward Nathan Ekwu, who scored a career-high 14 points on an efficient 6-for-9 shooting performance.  Sophomore forward Peyton Aldridge led the game with his 11 rebounds.

For the Dukes (15-8, 5-5 A-10), senior guard Derrick Colter scored 22 points along with six assists while his backcourt partner Micha Mason had 21 points and eight assists.

Although Duquesne got great contributions from its two guards, it wasn’t enough to hold off the Wildcats efficiency from deep. The Wildcats hit on 12-of -26 3-point attempts (46.2 percent), while the Dukes launched 34 3-pointers and only made 13 of them.

Davidson outrebounded Duquesne 52-40 and snagged 21 offensive rebounds on the night. Their hard work on the offensive glass paid off, as the Wildcats scored 21 second chance points because of their dominance on the boards. Davidson also capitalized on 13 Dukes turnovers to score 21 points.

The Wildcats will host La Salle Wednesday night, while Duquesne will visit Dayton Tuesday night.

GW snaps VCU’s streak

George Washington ended Virginia Commonwealth University’s 12-game winning streak on Friday in Richmond, Virginia, defeating the Rams 72-69 to hand them their first A-10 loss of the season.

Senior swingman Patricio Garino led the way for the Colonials (18-5, 7-3 A-10) with a game and career-high 27 points, going 11-of-16 from the field including four made 3-pointers. Although Garino led the way for the Colonials, it was senior guard Joe McDonald who hit the biggest shot, a 3-pointer that put his team up 71-69 with one minute, 12 seconds to play.

Sophomore JeQuan Lewis led the Rams (17-6, 9-1 A-10) with 16 points, but struggled from the floor. The GW defense played him tough and forced him to take difficult shots, resulting in 6-of-16 (37.5 percent) shooting performance.

The Colonials look to keep the wins coming as they face another tough A-10 opponent in Saint Joseph on Wednesday in what should be a huge conference matchup. VCU will visit UMass for a Thursday night game at Mullins Center, with tipoff set for 7 p.m.

Zachary Borrelli can be reached at zbor[email protected]