Davidson rolls over Saint Joseph’s, 91-62

Courtesy of SJUHawks.com

Peyton Aldridge scored 29 of his game-high 32 points in the first half as Davidson(13-9; 8-3 A-10)  rolled to a 91-62 win over Saint Joseph’s (9-14; 4-7 A-10) in Atlantic 10 action at Belk Arena.

Aldridge shot 12-for-16 from the field, making five three-pointers, in the first half alone as the Wildcats led for all but the opening two minutes.

Shavar Newkirk was the only Hawk in double figures with 14 points.

Davidson scored seven straight points to jump out to a 17-6 lead in the first six minutes, hitting three of their first five three-point attempts. Davidson’s lead was 28-12 by the halfway mark of the period and then with a 33-18 advantage, the Wildcats scored seven straight to go up by 22, 40-18 with 4:23 to play. Aldridge connected on his 29th point of the half when he hit his fifth three at the buzzer, giving the home team the 51-28 advantage.

The Wildcats kept it going in the second half, maintaining the 20-plus point lead. The Hawks had a 7-0 run, capped by a three from Anthony Longpré, to trim the deficit to 59-41.

Davidson answered with nine straight points to go up 68-41 and minutes later would take its biggest lead of the game, 77-49, with 8:19 to play.

“One of the biggest things was the threes – they had 20, which is 60 points, and we had 10, which is too many. We knew that we didn’t want to be trading three-point shot for three-point shot. Look at the numbers – we had 14 turnovers.  You take it on the chest and get to the next day,” said head coach Phil Martelli.

Davidson shot 55 percent in the game, including 60 percent in the first half, while making 20-of-39 from three-point range.

Saint Joseph’s, which has lost five straight, committed 14 turnovers in the game.

The Hawks will host Massachusetts on Saturday in the second meeting between the teams. Game time at Hagan Arena is 4 p.m.

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