Davidson fights off late UMass comeback attempt
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) Jack Gibbs hit six 3-pointers and scored 30 points and Davidson pulled back to the .500 mark in Atlantic 10 play with a 79-74 win over Massachusetts on Saturday.
Gibbs, who also finished with six assists, hit all six of his 3s in the first half and accounted for 24 of the Wildcats’ 38 points in the period. Andrew McAuliffe and Peyton Aldridge each added 14 points, with Aldridge grabbing 13 rebounds, for Davidson (14-11, 7-7).
Donte Clark and Dejon Jarreau led UMass (13-14, 3-11) with 16 points apiece. The Minutemen outshot Davidson 48.1 percent to 41.5 percent but attempted 11 fewer field goals, due in part to their 18 turnovers.
Davidson kept UMass at bay for most of the final 10 minutes, building a 12-point lead on an Aldridge 3 with 5:11 left. The Minutemen managed to fight back to 75-72 with 21 seconds left, but two Rusty Reigel free throws pushed the Wildcats lead back to five.