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Freshman steps into Jack Gibbs’ lineup spot, leads Davidson Wildcats to preseason win

Davidson freshman Kellan Grady scored 28 points, leading the Wildcats to a 106-55 college basketball exhibition victory against Hampden-Sydney (Va.) Friday at Belk Arena. .
Davidson freshman Kellan Grady scored 28 points, leading the Wildcats to a 106-55 college basketball exhibition victory against Hampden-Sydney (Va.) Friday at Belk Arena. . DavidsonPhotos.com

Freshman Kellan Grady scored 28 points, leading Davidson to a 106-55 college basketball exhibition victory against Hampden-Sydney (Va.) Friday at Belk Arena.

Grady, a 6-foot-5 guard who is replacing graduated all-Atlantic 10 performer Jack Gibbs in the lineup, led a Wildcats attack that included two other double-figure scorers. Grady hit 10-of-16 shots, including 5-of-10 from 3-point range. Senior forward Peyton Aldridge added 24 points and sophomore guard Jon Axel Gudmundsson had 15.

The Wildcats missed their first seven 3-pointers, but eventually heated up from behind the line, thanks mostly to Grady. Davidson finished making 44.4 percent of its 3-pointers (16-of-36).

Davidson also outrebounded the smaller Tigers 47-32, led by forward Oskar Michelsen’s nine. Hampden-Sydney, a Division III team that plays in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, got 18 points from freshman guard Will Sparks. Hampden-Sydney freshman John McKibbin, who played at the Community School of Davidson, saw five minutes of action and hit a 3-pointer.

Davidson played without forwards Nathan Ekwu and Will Magarity, both of whom continue to recover from knee injuries.

The Wildcats open their regular season next Friday at home against Charleston Southern.

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Rusty Reigel (32) of Davidson scores on a layup over Drew Scott (45) of Hampden-Sydney during Friday’s nonconference exhibition basketball game at Belk Arena. TIM COWIE DavidsonPhotos.com

▪ Keyshawn Woods scored 21 points, leading Wake Forest to a 76-74 exhibition victory against Queens at Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem. Woods, who played at Northside Christian, had six rebounds and made 11-of-13 free throws for the Deacons, who open their regular season next Friday at home against Georgia Southern.

Forward Todd Withers scored 16 for the Royals, ranked second in the Division II coaches preseason poll. Queens opens its season next Friday against Georgia College in Milledgeville, Ga. The Royals beat Virginia Commonwealth in a preseason exhibition in 2016.

▪ The Charlotte 49ers play a scrimmage Saturday at Wofford. The 49ers had a home scrimmage Oct. 28 against Coastal Carolina.

▪ Davidson’s women’s team beat Johnson C. Smith 81-69 in an exhibition at Belk Arena. Freshman Sarah Donovan led the Wildcats with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Monique Hall had 15 for the Golden Bulls.

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