Men's Basketball Falls to Davidson on Homecoming
Watanabe scores 20 as the Colonials fall 87-58
WASHINGTON -- A near-capacity crowd turned out for Homecoming at the Charles E. Smith Center on Saturday afternoon and was treated to an appearance by new Hall of Fame inductee Yegor Mescheriakov and his former Hall of Fame running mate Shawnta Rogers. Unfortunately for the current Colonials, halftime was the highlight in an 87-58 defeat.
Despite a team-high 20 from Yuta Watanabe, the Colonials got little else going. In his second career start freshman Justin Mazzulla registered a team-high five assists from the point guard position against a single turnover, and fellow frosh Terry Nolan Jr. pulled down a team-high five rebounds.
Davidson was led by freshman Kellan Grady's 23 points as one of four Wildcats in double figures. Oskar Michelsen (15), All A-10 Performer Peyton Aldridge (13) and KiShawn Pritchett (11) joined their fellow starter in double figures, while the lone Davidson starter who didn't score double digits, Jon Gudmundsson, finished with nine points, eight rebounds and five assists.
As a team, the Wildcats sunk a barrage of threes with all five starters hitting at least one as the league's top long-range shooting team finished the game 13-of-29 (.448) from distance. Davidson also showed off its accuracy at the charity stripe, converting 14-of-16 freebies.
Fans at halftime saw Mescheriakov honored for his Hall of Fame induction. He was joined in this year's class by Gene Guarilia (men's basketball), Kimberly Beck (women's basketball), Kristin Davidson (women's soccer), Megan Hogan (women's cross country), Matt Osborne (men's soccer), Mary Jo Warner (administration) and Tom Zebroski (baseball).
The Colonials now close a three-game homestand on Wednesday when the Explorers of La Salle come to Smith Center for a 7 p.m. tip.
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