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.
The second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament got underway Thursday afternoon, with No. 9 seed Richmond and No. 5 seed George Washington advancing into Friday’s quarterfinal round. The final two spots in the quarterfinals will be filled tonight, with a doubleheader at Barclays Center in Brooklyn tipping off at 6:30 p.m. on NBCSN.
In the first game No. 7 seed Rhode Island will take on No. 10 seed Massachusetts, with the winner facing No. 2 seed VCU Friday night. The two teams split the regular season meetings, with each protecting their respective home courts.
Approximately 30 minutes after the completion of the first game No. 6 seed Davidson will face No. 14 La Salle. Two of the Atlantic 10’s top scorers will be on display, with Davidson’s Jack Gibbs leading the A-10 with an average of 24.8 points per game and La Salle’s Jordan Price third in the conference at 19.1 ppg. The winner will advance to play No. 3 St. Bonaventure in Friday’s final quarterfinal.
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Getting quality wins is very important this time of year for teams on the NCAA tournament bubble, but so is avoiding bad losses at all costs. George Washington faced that scenario Sunday afternoon as they hosted La Salle on NBC Sports Network. But the Explorers already owned upset wins over No. 15 Dayton and St. Bonaventure (both in Philadelphia), which undoubtedly got the attention of Mike Lonergan’s Colonials.
George Washington was ready to play from the outset, taking control early on in a game they’d go on to win by the final score of 90-50. Tyler Cavanaugh led the way for George Washington with 22 points and Patricio Garino added 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Jordan Price led La Salle with 17 points, but he was the only Explorer who managed to get anything going offensively at the Smith Center.
UMass picked up a win in its first Atlantic 10 game of the season, beating La Salle 74-67 at Tom Gola Arena. Forward Seth Berger and guard Donte Clark led the way offensively, scoring 15 points apiece and combining to grab 13 rebounds. Berger attempted just six shots on the evening but made five of them for the Minutemen, who moved to 8-5 on the season with the win.
Jordan Price led the Explorers with 23 points but was made to work for them, as he shot 5-for-16 from the field. La Salle scored just three more points from three than UMass despite attempting 11 more of those shots, shooting 7-for-25 from distance with UMass at a more respectable 6-for-14.
UMass has now won three of its last four games, with the Explorers having dropped six straight.
Four more teams will begin Atlantic 10 conference play Sunday afternoon, two of which being the UMass Minutemen and the La Salle Explorers. The Minutemen and Explorers face off at Tom Gola Arena at 5:00 p.m. Eastern in a game that can be seen on NBCSN, and it’s also available of NBC Sports Live Extra.
Derek Kellogg’s Minutemen enter league play having won two of their last three games, and they’re led by the experienced guard triumvirate of Jabarie Hinds, Trey Davis and Donte Clarke. Those three combine to average nearly 53 points per game for UMass, which is averaging 80 points per game on the season.
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La Salle will counter with one of the nation’s highest scorers in junior guard Jordan Price, who’s currently averaging 22.8 points per game. Fellow guards Cleon Roberts and Johnnie Shuler are also scoring in double figures, serving as supplementary scorers to the high-scoring Price.
La Salle’s lost five straight games, with their lack of depth being an issue, and UMass will look to exploit that today. This game can be watched on NBC Sports Live Extra by clicking here.