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VIDEO: No. 6 seed Davidson outlasts St. Bonaventure in overtime

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Faced with the opportunity to not only advance to the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament but also cement their status as an NCAA tournament team, No. 3 seed St. Bonaventure saw things get a bit more complicated late Friday night.

The Bonnies fell to No. 6 seed Davidson 90-86 in overtime, with the Wildcats coming back from trailing by 11 with eight minutes remaining in regulation. As a result of the loss, the Bonnies will spend the next two days watching results from across the country while not being able to make their case for inclusion in the NCAA tournament field on the court.

Dion Wright and Marcus Posley scored 32 points apiece for the Bonnies, but they were the only double digit scorers as guard Jaylen Adams shot just 1-for-10 from the field on the night. Jack Gibbs led four double digit scorers for Davidson with 29 points, but Gibbs was made to work by the Bonnies as he shot just 11-for-30 from the field. Fellow starters Peyton Aldridge and Brian Sullivan added 17 and 15 points, respectively, and reserve Jordan Barham scored 13 off the bench.

Next up for Davidson is No. 2 seed VCU, which beat No 10 seed UMass in the first quarterfinal of the night session.

VIDEO: Davidson beats La Salle, advances to A-10 quarters

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In a matchup of two of the Atlantic 10’s top scorers in Davidson guard Jack Gibbs and La Salle guard Jordan Price, another player managed to steal the show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

That player was none other than Davidson’s Peyton Aldridge, who scored a game-high 27 points as the Wildcats beat the Explorers 78-63 in the second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament. Aldridge, who also grabbed six rebounds, shot 9-for-15 from the field and 7-for-7 from the foul line on the night. Brian Sullivan added 15 points and Gibbs, who led the conference in scoring with an average of 24.8 points per game, scored just nine on 3-for-11 shooting.

However Gibbs managed to impact the game in other ways, as he dished out a game-high seven assists on the night. As a result of the win Davidson will play No. 3 seed St. Bonaventure in Friday’s quarterfinal round on NBCSN.

Price led the Explorers with 23 points but he was made to work by the Davidson defense, shooting just 5-for-22 from the field. Tony Washington chipped in with 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Amar Stukes scored 13 points for the Explorers. La Salle ends their season with a record of 9-22.

VIDEO: Davidson drops Saint Joseph’s out of first place in Atlantic 10

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With No. 15 Dayton and Saint Joseph’s both losing Saturday afternoon, VCU has reclaimed sole possession of first place in the Atlantic 10.

Saint Joseph’s suffered a 99-93 loss at Davidson, falling short down the stretch after navigating first-half foul trouble for start wing DeAndré Bembry. Bembry scored just two points in the first half as a result of two fouls committed less than eight minutes into the period, but thanks to Isaiah Miles the Hawks still managed to take a 48-43 halftime lead. Miles, who’s been one of the nation’s most improved players, scored 32 points on the afternoon.

But it wasn’t enough, as Davidson’s Jack Gibbs led all scorers with 35 points. Gibbs got going at around the same time that Bembry made his way to the bench, and from that point forward Saint Joseph’s had a hard time slowing him down. Gibbs shot 11-for-18 from the field and 8-for-9 from the foul line, with Nathan Ekwu adding 18 points and eight rebounds for Bob McKillop’s Wildcats.

Davidson won this game at the foul line, where they shot 29-for-38 and outscored Saint Joseph’s by 19 points. The Hawks shot better than 56 percent from the field, making 36 field goals to Davidson’s 30, but getting outscored from the foul line by as large of a margin as they did proved to be the one thing Saint Joseph’s could not overcome.

VIDEO: Gibbs, Sullivan lead Davidson past Duquesne

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In a matchup of two teams jockeying for position in the middle of the Atlantic 10 standings, Davidson beat Duquesne 93-82 in Pittsburgh with guards Jack Gibbs and Brian Sullivan leading the way.

Gibbs, who has three games of 40 points or more to his credit this season, scored 25 points and Sullivan added 22 for the Wildcats, who in total had five players score in double figures. Davidson shot 12-for-26 from beyond the arc and grabbed 19 offensive rebounds on the afternoon as they moved to 5-5 in Atlantic 10 play.

Duquesne, which is now also 5-5 in the A-10, was led offensively by the guard tandem of Derrick Colter and Micah Mason. Colter scored 23 points and Mason 22 for the Dukes, who shot 13-for-34 from beyond the arc.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: VCU looks to retain grip on A-10’s top spot

Virginia Commonwealth's Mo Alie-Cox holds up his uniform in front of the Saint Joseph's student section as Saint Joseph's Isaiah Miles, right, walks off the court following an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Philadelphia. VCU won 85-82. (Charles Fox/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
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GAME OF THE NIGHT: VCU at Davidson, 6:00 p.m.

There were questions as to how VCU would adjust to life under new head coach Will Wade, and at this point in the season it’s fair to say that the Rams have been just fine. VCU is 7-0 in Atlantic 10 play, and while they’ve been solid defensively throughout the season the Rams have also been the A-10’s most efficient offensive team in league play. They’ll face a significant test in the form of Davidson and its high-scoring guard Jack Gibbs, who scored 40 points or more in three games this season, but the triumvirate of Melvin Johnson, JeQuan Lewis and Korey Billbury has been very productive for the Rams. A win at Davidson keeps VCU in sole possession of first place, with Dayton currently 7-1 and Saint Joseph’s 6-1.

THIS ONE’S GOOD TOO: Wright State at Oakland, 8:00 p.m.

Valparaiso has company atop the Horizon League standings, as Billy Donlon’s Raiders are 7-1 in conference games and have won ten of their last 11 games. Friday night they visit one of the nation’s most electrifying guards in junior Kay Felder, whose ability to both score and distribute the basketball makes him a tough matchup for any opponent the Golden Grizzlies encounter. But the key for Oakland will likely be their ability to defend, as Wright State has four players averaging at least 9.6 points per game led by sophomore guard Mark Alstork (12.2 ppg). The Raiders aren’t a prolific scoring team, but their ability to defend makes it imperative that Oakland get stops at a higher rate than it has thus far.


1. The final weekend in January bring about the start of Ivy League back-to-backs, with tonight’s schedule including Harvard hosting Cornell. The Crimson have won the last three league titles, and with Columbia and Yale both off to 2-0 starts not losing any more ground is important for Tommy Amaker’s team (1-1 in Ivy League play).

2. One of the northeast’s best rivalries will have its latest installment, as Manhattan visits Iona. The Gaels (7-3 MAAC) are tied for second with Siena, a game behind first-place Monmouth, with the Jaspers a game back in the loss column at 5-4. With A.J. English leading the way one would expect Iona to take care of business due to their offensive firepower, but these match-ups tend to be close affairs.

3. Another key matchup in the Horizon League is Green Bay’s game at rival Milwaukee, with both sporting 5-3 records in league play. The Panthers, who have been the Horizon League’s most efficient offensive team in league play, have five players averaging double figures led by senior forward Matt Tiby (14.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg).

4. Kent State looks to remain atop the MAC East standings as they visit Ohio, with the Bobcats having won two of their last three. The teams have already met once this season, with Xavier Pollard scoring 23 points and Kellon Thomas 20 in the Golden Flashes’ 89-82 win January 16. In conference games only Northern Illinois has been better than Rob Senderoff’s team when it comes to defensive efficiency.

5. Penn looks to avoid an 0-2 start in Ivy League play as they visit undefeated Yale. James Jones’ Bulldogs, who have won six straight games, have a very good guard in leading scorer in Makai Mason and their front court tandem of Brandon Sherrod and Justin Sears combines to average 25.7 points and 14.2 rebounds per game.

VIDEO: Jack Gibbs goes off in Davidson’s win over UMass

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At the stage in the season, one of the players on the early lists for Atlantic 10 Player of the Year is Davidson guard Jack Gibbs. One of the nation’s top scorers, Gibbs reached the 40-point mark for the third time this season in the Wildcats’ 86-74 win over UMass Saturday afternoon on NBC Sports Network.

Gibbs scored 43 points while also grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out eight assists for Davidson, which moved to 3-2 in the Atlantic 10 with the win. Peyton Aldridge added 14 points and ten rebounds and Rusty Reigel scored ten points off the bench, and Davidson shot 24-for-26 from the foul line.

Trey Davis led three Minutemen in double figures with 30 points.