Davidson wins A-10, punches NCAA ticket

Henrietta Brewer
March 12, 2018

Nearly 10 years ago back in the 2008 tournament, a sophomore Curry led a Cinderella 10-seed Wildcats team to victories over No. 7 Gonzaga, No. 2 Georgetown, and No. 3 Wisconsin to make it all the way to the Elite 8.

The Wildcats were all too happy to disappoint those other folks whose hopes hinged on their result Sunday.

Freshman Kellan Grady's go-ahead baseline floater with 74 seconds left ended a almost 13-minute drought without a field goal for Davidson, and lifted Curry's alma mater to a 58-57 victory over 25th-ranked Rhode Island for the A-10 title.

"Ball game! We dancin' baby!" "I just can't wait to get there next week".

Davidson (21-11) would not have gotten to join in the fun with a loss Sunday. "Our seniors mean a lot to us, so we took that kind of personal".

Now, based upon my morning bubble watch, that team should be the Syracuse Orange, since they were the last team in.

"I think so, but obviously we won't know until he goes through his pregame warmup", said Gentry.

The Wildcats haven't done that since two-time NBA MVP Curry took the 2008 squad to victories over Gonzaga, Georgetown and Wisconsin before bowing out against Kansas in the Elite Eight.

Rhode Island breezed through most of conference play and played a challenging nonconference schedule.

Davidson (+2½) over Rhode Island: The Rams let down after clinching their first-ever outright Atlantic 10 regular season title, and they're finding out how hard it is just to flip the switch back on again.

The Hawks never trailed and were led by Longpre's 11 points in the half and 10 by Newkirk while building as much as a nine-point advantage.

Reigel, whose brother is an assistant to coach Bob McKillop, saw the last opportunity for the Rams this way: "Pretty stressful". Saint Joseph's piled up 47 points by halftime (the most in the opening 20 minutes against the Rams this season) to lead by seven, and still nursed a 70-65 lead on Nick Robinson's layup with 8:43 left. Jared Terrell's 3-pointer from the right wing gave URI its largest cushion of the day at 82-75, and Dowtin's 3-pointer with 19.3 seconds left effectively iced it.

URI fell to Davidson by one point, 58-57 in the A-10 tournament.

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