DAVIDSON, N.C. – Davidson sunk a program and Atlantic 10 Conference single-game record 26 three-pointers to hand Charleston Southern a 110-62 loss in Friday’s season opener at Belk Arena.
The Wildcats came out red hot, burying eight threes in the opening 5:07 to sprint out to a 24-0 lead. Davidson (1-0) tacked on eight more triples to build a 58-23 halftime advantage, and led by as many as 51 points in the second half. Kellen Grady, Oskar Michelsen and Jon Axel Gudmundsson combined to go 18-for-27 from beyond the arc to spearhead the three-point barrage.
CSU (0-1), starting three true freshmen and four first-year players, struggled on both ends of the floor. The Bucs shot just 31 percent and committed eight turnovers in the opening half while trying to contain the Wildcats’ motion offense.
CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh hopes his team can turn the page heading into Sunday’s trip to North Carolina State.
“We ran into an unbelievable shooting display and you have to give a lot of credit to Davidson,” Radebaugh said. “A lot of the shots were open but it was still as good a shooting display as I’ve seen in my career. It got away from us early and snowballed. It’s a lesson for a young team. Our guys are smart so they’ll learn from it, stay positive and get ready to go Sunday.”
How It Happened
- Four different Wildcats made threes in the torrid opening sequence. The freshman Grady connected on four of the eight, while Gudmundsson capped the surge with two straight, the second of which put CSU in a 24-0 hole at the 14:53 mark.
- Travis McConico snapped the Bucs’ scoreless drought with a jumper 5:45 into play, but Davidson quickly pushed its edge to 38-7 with 10:52 remaining.
- Davidson continued its onslaught after intermission, forging a 15-3 run over the first 2:45 of the stanza to go up 73-26.
Inside the Numbers
- Davidson finished 26-for-53 from three-point range, setting program records for makes and attempts.
- Gudmundsson led the Wildcats with 24 points and nine rebounds. Grady added 23, while Michelsen and preseason A-10 first-teamer Peyton Aldridge chipped in 18 apiece.
- The Wildcats assisted 29 of their 35 field goals, and committed just one turnover.
- CSU settled in offensively in the second half, shooting 48.5 percent overall.
- McConico posted 15 of his 17 points after halftime to pace CSU. He added a team-high six rebounds.
- The game marked the CSU debut of eight players in true freshmen Deontaye Buskey, Phlandrous Fleming Jr., Sean Price and Ty Jones, as well as Jamaal David, McConico, Abdul Sarki and JC Cavin.
CSU will take on N.C. State in Raleigh Sunday at 4 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra and is available on ESPN3.