GRANVILLE, Ohio – Wabash sophomore Jack Davidson tallied a career-high 43 points as the No. 14 Little Giants handed an 85-74 loss to the Big Red on Friday night at Livingston Gymnasium.
Despite Denison shooting 45.5 percent from the field and winning the points in the paint, 34-28, Wabash won the game at the free throw line as they connected on 28-of-29 from the charity stripe for 96.6 percent and outrebounded the Big Red, 40-32.
Tied at 31-31 with less than six minutes to play in the first half, Davidson gave Wabash the lead after he buried back-to-back free throws, and Logan White followed with a pair of his own at the charity stripe.
A two-handed slam by freshman Gabe Bergeron brought the Big Red within two, but 4-of-4 from the line from Davidson and consecutive threes from Kellen Schreiber and Alex Eberhard helped the Little Giants hold a 49-36 lead at the break.
On Wabash's next possession, Davidson connected on one of his six threes, and after Matt Doyle finished at the rim with a layup, a Denison foul put Davidson back at the charity stripe where he made each of his three free throws.
A three from Claude Chandonnet helped DU shrink the Giant's lead to four, 63-59, but seven-straight points from Wabash and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe built the WC advantage to 70-59 at the 8:48 mark.
The Little Giants converted on their final 10 free throw attempts of the night as they remained undefeated in the North Coast Athletic Conference at 10-0 and 16-1 overall. Denison fell to 5-11 on the season and 2-8 in conference play.
Davidson's game-high 43 points came on 6-of-8 from the perimeter and a perfect 13-of-13 from the free throw line. He also added six rebounds. Eberhard followed with 12 points and five rebounds, while Kellen Schreiber led the WC bench with 11 points and five boards.
Denison received a team-high 24 points on 10-of-22 shooting from Doyle, who also chipped in five assists and three steals. The DU bench was led by Chandonnet's nine points, while Bergeron added eight points and three blocks. Fred Brou and Nate Haller combined for 12 rebounds.
The Big Red returns to action next Wednesday, January 23 when they travel to Hiram College for a 6 p.m. matchup with the Terriers.