On Thursday night, UMass was closing in on its second win against one of the Atlantic 10’s top teams.
Trey Davis sunk two free throws to put the Minutemen up 66-61 over Dayton with 15 seconds remaining. Davis picked up Flyers’ point guard Scoochie Smith full-court. As Smith and Davis raced down the sideline, a screen — in the form of 6-foot-6, 210-pound Kendall Pollard — awaited Davis, who hit the deck after colliding square into Pollard’s chest:
Davis was down for several minutes before walking off the floor on his own power. UMass closed out a 66-64 win over Dayton moments later, with Davis ending with 15 points, four assists and three boards.
“He’s OK,” UMass head coach Derek Kellogg told reporters after the game, via Nick Canelas of MaroonMusket.com. “He says he’s OK, so I don’t think we’ll have any issues come Saturday.”
On Friday evening, NBCSports.com confirmed that Davis participated in practice. Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette also reported the news, as Davis is expected to play against Saint Louis on Saturday evening.
The collision, which will rival any tackle we will see on Sunday in Super Bowl XLIX, was legal screen, serving as a reminder (a painful one for Davis) how important communication is on screens.