Davidson Knocks Off League-Leading Saint Joseph’s, 99-93
Wildcats rally from a five-point halftime deficit to pick up victory.
DAVIDSON, N.C. (WCCB Charlotte) – Jack Gibbs scores a game-high 35 points to fend off Atlantic-10 leading St. Joseph’s 99-93 at Belk Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats have now won 33 of their last 35 games at home.
“It’s a validation of why we work so hard,” head coach Bob McKillop said. “It’s an affirmation that all of the things we are doing is paying off.”
“We try to pride ourselves on being tougher than the other team,” junior guard Jack Gibbs said. “I think we knew we could play with bigger teams, but this game is defining that, yeah, we can stay with them.”
McKillop and the Wildcats finished off a 2-0 week and successfully bounced back from last week’s buzzer-beating defeat to George Mason. Davidson is now 16-9 and 8-6 in Atlantic 10 play.
Gibbs, who missed Tuesday’s win over Richmond with an illness, finished 11-of-18 from the floor, drilled five 3-pointers and went 8-of-9 from the charity stripe en route to his ninth 30-point effort of the season.
“We had a bug going around campus,” Gibbs said. “For two-and-a-half days I was pretty much in bed the whole time, throwing up. It wasn’t great but I got my stamina back, it was tough. I fought out there.”
His coach says the game-off actually made Gibbs better.
“He watched us against Richmond and saw how he could be better in terms of being a decision maker–details and discipline. ,” McKillop said. “So he got better just from watching the game.”
Nathan Ekwu added a career-high 18 points and 8 rebounds, while knocking down 10-of-14 attempts at the line. Peyton Aldridge and Oskar Michelsen also finished in double digits for the Wildcats with 15 and 10, respectively.
Trailing 79-75 with just over seven minutes to play, Davidson (16-9, 8-6 A-10) used a 16-4 run to take its largest lead of the contest, 91-83, with 1:19 to play.
Davidson will conclude its three-game homestand Tuesday evening with a 6 p.m. nationally-televised (CBSSN) contest against Rhode Island.