Late Rally Dooms Rams at Davidson in 63-61 Loss

Late Rally Dooms Rams at Davidson in 63-61 Loss

Rhody Starters
Matthews, Dowtin, Robinson, Terrell, Berry

Davidson Starters
Gudmund, Michelsen, Magarity, Aldridge, Reigel

How It Happened

Davidson rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final 2:47 to stun Rhode Island 63-61 Friday night.

Rhode Island (23-6, 15-3) lost back-to-back games for the first time this season after the Wildcats (18-11, 13-5 A-10) scored the final nine points of the night to grab the victory.

Jeff Dowtin's jumper with 2:47 to go gave the Rams a 61-54 lead. Kellan Grady made 1-of-2 free throws at 1:42 to make it a six-point game, but the Rams appeared to be in control when a defensive stop gave them the ball and a 61-55 lead with 1:08 to go. Davidson was forced to start fouling, but Rhode Island missed the front end of three one-and-ones in the final 41 seconds to give Davidson life.

A Grady layup made it a four-point game with 29 seconds left, and he drove the lane again with 16 seconds remaining, this time hitting the shot and drawing the foul for an old-fashioned three-point play to make the score 61-60. Jon Axel Gudmundsson did the same thing moments later, getting the hoop and the harm on a drive with three seconds left to put the Wildcats up 63-61.

Rhode Island had a final shot at the buzzer, but a 3-point attempt from Fatts Russell hit the back of the rim and bounced away.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior Jared Terrell scored a game-high 22 points, 16 of which came in the first half.
  • Terrell moved past Will Daniels (2004-08) for 11th place in program history in scoring. He now has 1,697 points for his career.
  • Sophomore Cyril Langevine recorded his fourth double-double of the season, finishing with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Six of his boards came on the offensive glass.
  • Redshirt senior Stanford Robinson was the third Ram in double figures, scoring 11 points to go with eight rebounds.  
  • Rhode Island had just seven turnovers for the night, including two in the second half. It was the 14th time this season the Rams have had fewer than 10 turnovers in a game.
  • Davidson senior Peyton Aldridge had 18 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Freshman Kellan Grady added 16 points for the Wildcats.
  • There were just 15 total turnovers in the game, and the teams combined for just five steals.

Stat of the Game
– This was the first time this season Rhode Island lost a game it led at halftime. The Rams are now 21-1 when leading at the break.

What's Next

Rhode Island will be the top seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship tournament. The Rams' opponent is to be determined. The A-10 bracket and full seeding will be finalized Saturday night after all league games have been completed. Rhody will play at noon on Friday, March 9 in the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.