Wednesday, December 7, 2022

WCU MBB: Game #10 - Davidson Wildcats

Who: Davidson College Wildcats
When: Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: John Belk Arena, Davidson, NC
Radio: Catamount Sports Network 
TV/video: ESPN+ 
Live Stats: Davidson Live Stats 
Head Coach: Matt McKillop, former Davidson standout and longtime assistant coach, was named the program’s 19th head men’s basketball coach on June 17, 2022.
   -Record at Davidson: 6-3
   -Career Record: 6-3
   -McKillop's record vs. WCU: 0-0
   -Gray's Record vs. Davidson: 0-0
Nickname: Wildcats
Colors: Red & Black
Students: 1,983
Location: Davidson, NC
Conference: A-10 Conference
Davidson's Current Record: 6-3 overall, 3-1 home, 1-2 away, 2-0 neutral

The Series: In a series that started in 1977, the Catamounts hold a 21-42 overall record with the former Southern Conference foe that departed the conference in 2014 for the A-10 Conference. This will be the first game against the Wildcats since December 2015.

Under first-year head coach Matt McKillop, the Wildcats return two starters from last year’s club that finished 27-7 overall and captured the 2021-22 Atlantic 10 regular season championship. Among those returning include second-team all-conference selection Foster Loyer and Sam Mennenga. As a redshirt junior, Loyer averaged a team-best 16.2 points per game, led the country in free-throw percentage (93.6%) and finished fourth nationally in 3-point field-goal percentage, shooting 43.8 percent (74-169). 

In all, Davidson returns six letter winners and welcomes the addition of transfers Connor Kochera (William & Mary) and David Skogman (Buffalo) and newcomers Reed Bailey (Harvard, Mass.), Riccardo Ghedini (Milano, Italy), Sean Logan (Westfield, N.J.), Chris Sosnik (Washington, D.C.), Achile Spadone (Geneva, Switzerland), Brock Matheny (Davidson, N.C.) and Joe Thomson (Sunderland, Mass.).

Five of Davidson's nine games this season have been decided by five points or less, including the last two. Foster Loyer continues to lead the Wildcats in scoring averaging 21.0 points per game. Fellow captain Sam Mennenga is also contributing double figures (16.7 ppg), while leading the team in rebounding (7.2 rpg) and field-goal percentage (.580). Loyer and Mennenga have combined for eight of the Wildcats' nine (Reed Bailey) 20-point outings this season. 

The 'Cats have won 59 of their last 68 games on Bob McKillop Court and 16 of 18 dating back to last season.

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