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Davidson Wildcats, led by freshman Kellan Grady, rout George Washington, 87-58

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Davidson freshman guard Kellan Grady led the Wildcats Saturday with 23 points and eight rebounds, both team highs, in a 87-58 Atlantic 10 win at George Washington. Grady led four Davidson players in double figures.
Davidson freshman guard Kellan Grady led the Wildcats Saturday with 23 points and eight rebounds, both team highs, in a 87-58 Atlantic 10 win at George Washington. Grady led four Davidson players in double figures. File photo

Kellan Grady led four Davidson players in double figures with 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting as the Wildcats ran past George Washington, 87-58, in Atlantic 10 action Saturday at the Charles E. Smith Center.

Oskar Michelsen added 15 points, Peyton Aldridge had 13 and KiShawn Pritchett finished with 11 to go along with seven assists.

Davidson (12-9, 7-3 Atlantic 10), which entered as one of the country’s top 3-point shooting teams, drilled 13-of-29 from long range. The Wildcats dished out 21 assists on 30 field goals.

On the defensive end, the Wildcats held George Washington (9-14, 2-8) to just 40.4 percent shooting.

Both Grady and Jon Axel Gudmundsson pulled down eight rebounds.

Tied 23-23, Davidson closed the first period with an 18-6 run, capped off by consecutive triples from Pritchett, to lead 41-29 at the half.

Grady, who led all scorers at the break with 14, combined with Pritchett to score 13 points during Davidson’s game-changing spurt.

In addition to starting 7-of-8 from the floor, Davidson began the second half on a 17-5 streak to put the game out of reach. The Wildcats eventually stretched the margin to as many as 31 on a Jordan Watkins’ 3-pointer with just over a minute left.

Yuta Watanabe was the lone Colonial in double figures with 20 points,

Davidson returns home Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game with Saint Joseph’s at Belk Arena.

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Davidson senior forward Peyton Aldridge (23) was one of four Davidson players in double figures in Saturday’s win at George Washington. TIM COWIE File photo

Elsewhere

Big South

Winthrop 75, Radford 57: Xavier Cooks scored 22 points, had six rebounds, five blocks, four assists and three steals to lead the Eagles (14-9, 8-4 Big South) past the visiting Highlanders (15-10, 8-4) .

Bjorn Broman added 16 points and four steals, Josh Ferguson contributed 10 points and the Eagles shot 26 of 46 (56.5 percent) including 9 of 18 from 3-point range, while collecting 13 steals.

Winthrop led 23-22 after Radford’s Christian Bradford made a 3 with 4:47 before halftime. Broman later made three free throws to start a 13-3 run to close the half and establish control the rest of the way. Ed Polite Jr.’s 3 with 15:05 left brought Radford within 48-39, but Adam Pickett’s jumper and Jermaine Ukaegbu’s dunk put the Eagles up double figures the rest of the way.

Polite led Radford with 18 points, a game-high eight rebounds and five steals. Bradford finished with 11 points.

Gardner-Webb 63, Charleston Southern 61: Patrick Zeck’s putback with 11.4 seconds left lifted the Runnin’ Bulldogs (12-3, 7-5 Big South) to a 63-61 win over the visiting Buccaneers (9-14, 4-8).

David Efianayi missed a short jumper but Zeck was there for the follow from the center of the paint.

Charleston Southern’s Christian Keeling hit a 3-pointer with 48 seconds left then Cortez Mitchell made a steal under the Buccaneers basket and laid the ball in for a 61-all tie after trailing by 14 in the second half.

Jaheam Cornwall came off the bench to make three 3-pointers and score 14 points, 11 in the first half when the Bulldogs took a 39-29 lead. Liam O’Reilly also scored 14 points while Efianayi added 13 and Zeck and DJ Laster 10 each as Gardner-Webb went to 10-0 at home.

Keeling scored 15 points, his 31st straight game in double figures, and Ty Jones 10 for Charleston Southern

CIAA

J.C. Smith 93, Shaw 83: Robert Davis scored 25 points to lead the visiting Golden Bulls (14-7, 7-2 CIAA) past the Bears (14-8, 7-4). Cayse Minor and Roddric Ross scored 15 apiece and Christian Kirchman added 10 points with five assists. Minor also pulled down a team-high six rebounds.

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