Men's Basketball Downed at Davidson
Colonials unable to find their range in 72-45 loss
DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Seeking its first win at Belk Arena since Davidson joined the Atlantic 10, the George Washington men's basketball team hoped to slow down the league's most prolific 3-point shooting team and its second-leading scorer in senior Peyton Aldridge. While the Colonials did just that in limiting the Wildcats to 25 percent shooting from long range, and holding Aldridge in check, Davidson made plenty of plays elsewhere to cruise to a 72-45 victory on Wednesday night.
Davidson found its home rims to be quite friendly from inside the arc as the Wildcats hit 26-of-40 from inside as opposed to 4-of-16 from distance. Aldridge was one of four in double figures with 15 points, but needed 14 shots (6-14) to do it. Kellan Grady led the way with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting, Jon Axel Gudmundsson dropped 14 points and had a game-high nine rebounds, and Kishawn Pritchett had 11 on 5-of-7 shooting. As a team, Davidson connected at a .536 clip (30-of-56) in improving to 8-7 overall and 3-1 in conference.
Offensively Yuta Watanabe once again paced GW with 12 points, while grabbing a team-high five boards and registering two blocks and a steal defensively, but offensive production was otherwise hard to find in the road environment. Terry Nolan Jr. netted 10 in a performance that featured a 3-of-5 showing from long range. Bo Zeigler was perfect in his limited minutes (3-of-3, seven points) while swatting three shots, but as a whole the visitors just couldn't find the range and struggled through a .327 shooting night in the town that's seen over 40 years pass since GW's last win there (now 2-8 at Davidson all-time).
Zeigler, making his first start in the Buff and Blue, gave GW an infusion of defensive versatility, but that turned south after he picked up two early fouls. From there it was all Davidson as the Wildcats used an 11-0 run after his exit and led by double digits for much of the rest of the contest.
The road doesn't relent for GW, with yet another away-from-home match-up on the horizon. The Colonials visit Richmond on Saturday for a nationally-televised showdown with the Spiders at 4:30pm on NBC Sports. Next week brings a Revolutionary Rivalry home date with Mason on Jan. 17th at 7pm, before GW packs their bags again for two more road games in conference.
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