In the last 37 years of Davidson basketball, only two players have scored at least 40 points in a game: Jack Gibbs and Stephen Curry. Gibbs did it for the third time on Saturday against UMass, going for a career-high 43 points in a 86-74 Wildcats victory at home.
He’s still got three more such performances to catch Curry (6) for the school record, but the junior should have enough time and touches to catch the reigning NBA MVP. But on Saturday it wasn’t just reigning in buckets but a well-balanced day with eight rebounds and eight assists, plus just one missed free throw in 16 attempts.
Davidson needed a win to avoid falling below .500 in Atlantic 10 play after losing at Dayton earlier this week. Gibbs’ seven three-pointers and 31 points weren’t enough to hold off a late charge from the Flyers in a disappointing end to an otherwise strong showing on the road.
When it comes to the tournament picture (via Jerry Palm’s Bracketology) Davidson is on the outside looking in for now, but there will be opportunities to change that coming up at the end of the month with a stretch against Richmond, VCU and George Washington.