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Late run pushes ‘Cats by Rhode Island for 11th straight win

Published: Jan. 8, 2022 at 6:43 PM EST
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Press release provided by Davidson Athletics

DAVIDSON, N.C. – After trailing for much of the second half, Davidson closed on a 17-6 run to get by Rhode Island, 72-68, extending its winning streak to 11 straight Saturday afternoon inside John M. Belk Arena.

On its longest streak since 2013-14, its final season in the Southern Conference, Davidson improves to 12-2 overall and 2-0 in league play.

Foster Loyer paced four Wildcats in double figures with 19 points, including an 11-of-12 effort at the line to go with 5 assists. Luka Brajkovic added 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Hyunjung Lee had 16 points and Michael Jones scored 10.

Rhode Island (9-4, 0-1), which made 12 of its first 16 attempts in the second half, matched its largest lead when Malik Martin got a steal and run out to make it 62-55 with 6:48 to play. Loyer drilled a trey at the other end for Davidson sparking a 10-3 stretch to tie the score at 65-65.

The two teams traded the lead over the next three minutes and the Wildcats went in front for good on a Jones layup with 44 ticks remaining. Loyer connected on 3-of-4 free throws in the closing seconds following a Rhode Island personal foul and technical to put the game away.

Makhel Mitchell led the way for the Rams with 19 points.

The Wildcats, who entered second nationally in 3-point field-goal percentage, finished just 6-of-24 from deep but made 18 of their 23 attempts from the charity stripe.

The opening half featured multiple spurts from both teams including a 10-0 run by the ‘Cats to go up 24-19. After the Rams responded with eight unanswered of their own, the Wildcats scored five straight before going into the half deadlocked at 35-35.

In all, this afternoon’s Atlantic 10 clash consisted of 14 lead changes and 11 ties. Both teams finished with 27 rebounds.

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Davidson will conclude its brief homestand Tuesday when Massachusetts visits Belk Arena for a 7 p.m. contest.

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