DAVIDSON, N.C. - Davidson's long-range shooters knocked down 14 three-pointers and Andrew Lovedale led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the No. 24 Wildcats to a 78-48 home victory Tuesday night in a consolation bracket of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Belk Arena.
After Loyola took a 9-4 lead following a second three-pointer from senior guard Marquis Sullivan four-and-a-half minutes into the game, Davidson scored the game's next 18 points to grab a 22-9 lead with 10:26 left in the half as Will Archambault scored 10 of the points off the bench.
The Greyhounds (2-4) got back within eight points with 4:33 remaining in the half on another three-pointer from Sullivan. The basket was a historic one as it gave Sullivan 1,001 points for his career, the 29th player in Greyhounds history to reach the milestone.
From there, Davidson ran off the game's next 19 points spanning both halves to build a 44-17 lead with 18:14 remaining in the game. The Wildcats (5-1) grabbed its biggest lead of the game with 3:12 left at 74-40 and coasted to the win. Davidson's pressure man-to-man defense forced Loyola into 21 turnovers while recording just three steals.
"It was a tremendous honor to be here at Davidson for these two days," Greyhounds fifth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said after the game. "Everything they do here is first class and done right. I know the fans are mad at me, but I had to roll the dice. We scored 48 points and that's the problem that Loyola basketball had today. We have to play better. We can't afford to have 21 turnovers."
In addition to Lovedale's double-double, Bryant Barr made six three-pointers for 18 points, Archambault finished with 13 and Aaron Bond scored 11.
Sullivan tallied 16 for the Greyhounds, which also got 11 points off the bench from junior forward Jawaan Wright.
Loyola is next in action Saturday afternoon when it visits Vermont for a 1 o'clock start.