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Davidson misses buzzer-beater in loss to No. 17 Texas

By C.L. Brown, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) on

Published in Basketball

McKillop said since Texas was switching its guards defensively, but allowing their post players to play through picks, he designed a play for Mennenga.

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"What were we looking for? We were going for the win," McKillop said. "We thought we had — we thought we got a terrific look."

Mennenga had a slight opening, but was still forced to take a 3-pointer over the outstretched arms of 6-11 center Kai Jones. He missed the shot from the right wing but three seconds remained.

He'd have another chance when he was actually the third option. McKillop said the play's first and second options were sophomore forward/guard Hyunjung Lee and Brajovic. Mennenga, based on how the defense played him, could handoff the ball to senior guard Kellan Grady for a shot.

Even though Mennenga had the ball, Texas guard Andrew Jones jumped out on Grady thinking he would take the shot. For a split second, it left Mennenga alone with the ball on the left wing.

Mennenga missed the rim entirely and immediately turned to lobby for a foul as the buzzer sounded.

 

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DAVIDSON'S SHOOTING, TEXAS' DEFENSE

Davidson shot 56.5% from the field, but made only 5 of 19 of its 3-point attempts. Texas coach Shaka Smart said his players were so concerned about guarding their system, that they were vulnerable when Davidson attacked.

"The biggest challenge that Davidson presents is you're so focused on guarding their system, you're so focused on guarding their actions that your one-on-one defense suffers, your post defense suffers," Smart said in his postgame remarks. "That's certainly a credit to them with the way that they attacked."

Davidson jumped out to an early 22-16 lead making just about every shot it attempted from the field. The Wildcats made 10 of their first 13 field goals, benefiting from three Texas turnovers that they converted into seven points.

The Longhorns seemed a step late defensively too, allowing Grady and Mennenga just enough room to get shots off free. That all changed the final 11 minutes of the first half. Davidson wasn't able to get the same open looks and finished making just four of its final 12 shots and trailed 43-39 at halftime.

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