Vince Williams scored 16 issues, Mikeal Brown-Jones had an enormous block with 2 seconds left and VCU held off a livid rally from No. 25 Davidson to win 70-68, snapping the Wildcats’ 15-game profitable streak
DAVIDSON, N.C. — Davidson’s stint within the AP Best 25 may were a brief one.
Vince Williams scored 16 issues, Mikeal Brown-Jones had an enormous block with 2 seconds left and VCU held off a livid rally from No. 25 Davidson to win 70-68 on Wednesday evening, snapping the Wildcats’ 15-game profitable streak.
Adrian 1st earl baldwin of bewdley Jr. added 15 issues because the Rams (12-6, Five-2 Atlantic 10) avenged a 63-61 loss to the Wildcats 8 days in the past.
“Them being within the height 25 gave us extra motivation, and we nonetheless had a chip on our shoulder,” 1st earl baldwin of bewdley mentioned.
Davidson (16-Three, 6-1) was once off to its very best get started for the reason that 1964-65 season, and its 15 consecutive wins have been tied with No. 1 Auburn for the longest streak within the country. However the Wildcats struggled now and then with the Rams’ power protection and dedicated 15 turnovers. VCU had 8 turnovers.
“This can be a actually laborious position to win within the A-10,” VCU trainer Mike Rhoades mentioned. “I am actually pleased with our guys.”
Luke Brajkovic had 23 issues and 12 rebounds to guide Davidson, which suffered its first loss since falling to New Mexico State within the first spherical of the Myrtle Seashore Invitational on Nov. 18.
Davidson trailed by way of 15 with Five half mins ultimate prior to rallying to chop the result in one within the ultimate minute.
Brajkovic was once fouled and made two unfastened throws make it a four-point recreation with 2:20 to head. Then, with 1:32 ultimate, Davidson’s Foster Loyer was once fouled on a Three-point try because the shot clock was once winding down and made 3 unfastened throws, chopping the result in one.
After 1st earl baldwin of bewdley neglected a using layup, Davidson had an opportunity to take the lead however Brajkovic was once referred to as for pushing off as he battled for place within the low publish with 13.Five seconds left. 1st earl baldwin of bewdley made 1 of two unfastened throws, giving the Wildcats every other probability.
However Brown-Jones blocked Brajkovic’s Three-point try with 2 seconds left.
“I don’t believe we performed in particular smartly, however I assumed we fought exceptionally smartly,” Davidson trainer Bob McKillop mentioned. “We can’t let one loss turn out to be two losses. We can’t let a loss disrupt us, nor permit that loss to taste what has simply transpired within the final two months. Many groups have (a number of) deficient performances, and we now have had one in two months. And but we nonetheless valiantly fought again and put ourselves in place to win on the finish.”
It was once a fight of conflicting kinds.
With a large top merit, Davidson was once content material to pound the ball inside of to the 6-foot-10 Brajkovic and 6-Nine Sam Mennenga. VCU attempted to make use of its pace and athleticism, urgent the Wildcats full-court during the sport whilst settling for Three-point pictures at the offensive finish.
VCU shot 7 of 14 from lengthy vary whilst Davidson simply Three of 14 from past the arc.
VCU knocked down 7 of 11 3s within the first part — together with 3 by way of Jayden Nunn — to take a 37-29 lead on the spoil. Brajkovic had 14 issues within the part, however the Wildcats have been 2 of seven from lengthy distance and Loyer, a 47% Three-point shooter, could not to find room to shoot over VCU’s taller guards. Loyer tried only one Three-pointer within the recreation.
South Korea local Hyunjung Lee had 14 issues and Loyer added 10 for the Wildcats because the duo mixed to head 18 of 18 from the free-throw line to lend a hand get Davison again within the recreation.
“I believe to battle again like we did, this presentations how resilient we’re,” Brajkovic mentioned.
VCU: The Rams moved right into a tie for 3rd position within the Atlantic 10 with Dayton and received a resume-building win.
Davidson: The loss will nearly definitely knock the Wildcats out of the Best 25 without reference to what they do on Saturday in opposition to L. a. Salle. The Wildcats stay atop the A-10, forward of George Mason (Three-1).
VCU: Visits Richmond on Saturday.
Davidson: Hosts L. a. Salle on Saturday.
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