DAVIDSON, NC (AP) – Jon Axel Gudmundsson's driving layup with 3.1 seconds left lifted Davidson to a 63-61 upset over No. 17 Rhode Island on Friday night.
It was the second defeat of the week. Rams, who came from a stunning home loss of 30 points on the night of the senior against San Jose without a ranking on Tuesday night.
Peyton Aldridge, who had a personal record of 45 points in a 117-113 loss in triple overtime against St. Buenaventura on Tuesday night, had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (18-11, 13 -5 Atlantic 10). Gudmundsson finished with 11 points.
Davidson beat Rhode Island 9-0 in the final 1:47 of the game.
The Rams (23-6, 15-3) squandered a 6-point lead in the final. seconds after missing the forward of three 1-and-1 free throws. Jared Terrell had 22 points, but he lost two of those opportunities, including one with 16 seconds remaining that gave the Wildcats the chance to win.
With a game within limits with 6.8 seconds left, Gudmundsson received the ball in midcourt after a Rams defender opted for a steal. Attacked the rim, scoring on the right side while taking a foul. He made the free throw.
The Rams had one last try, but Fatts Russell's thrust from the middle of the field hit the back edge.
Rhode Island: The Rams have lost three of their last five games and could leave the Top 25 after their second loss of the week. It could also have a residual effect when entering the A-10 Tournament.
Davidson: The Wildcats got their biggest win of the season and some momentum in the Atlantic 10 tournament on an emotional senior night where they sent 2,000 Aldridge goalscorer points in style.
Rhode Island: The Rams receive a double goodbye in the Atlantic 10 Tournament and will be the No. 1 seed. They will play on March 9 in the quarterfinals against an opponent to be determined.
Davidson: The Wildcats will also play on March 9 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Their opponent must be determined.