Notebook: Trey Davis hobbles his way to 13 points in subpar performance vs. George Washington



Last modified: Saturday, January 16, 2016

AMHERST — When Trey Davis made a 3-pointer just to the right of the top of the key, 36 seconds into the game, it looked like UMass might have its senior guard and leading scorer at or close to full strength for George Washington.

Davis had been a game-time decision with a right ankle injury he suffered during Saturday’s loss to St. Bonaventure. After two days of rehabilitation without practicing, Davis started and looked good on his first shot. But the play turned out to be fool’s gold.

Davis played a team-high 34 minutes and had 13 points, but he was a shell of himself in the Minutemen’s 81-70 loss. He struggled to get lift on his outside shots or get by defenders going to the basket.

“I couldn’t do the things I wanted out there. I just wanted to be out there with my team,” Davis said. “Quick cutting, starting and stopping, I couldn’t get all the way to the basket. I tried to do a jump stop and I couldn’t do that. I had to pass the ball and try to contribute in a different way. ... It was hard to get in a rhythm. It was tough out there. I just tried to stay with it.”

Davis thought he might have been able to change the result at full strength.

“I think if I was 100 percent tonight things would have been a little bit different,” he said.

Davis thought playing Tuesday instead of a normal Wednesday game was unfortunate for him.

“I wish we played on Wednesday. But it didn’t work out like that,” he said. “I’m probably going to just chill tomorrow and do something light on Thursday. I should be fine by Friday.”

UMass is at Davidson, Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

MORE PRESSING TO COME — UMass coach Derek Kellogg used a full-court press more often than he had in recent weeks and plans to continue to play that way.

“We didn’t practice the press much in the preseason because I had a limited number of guys. Now we have some guys getting healthy,” he said. “We added a couple of walk-ons and hopefully Zach Coleman can come back and we’ll have a little depth to hopefully be a pressing team. That’s been a struggle to be able to do that to this point.”

NEW WALK-ON — UMass officially added senior walk-on Chris Lydon to its roster. The 5-foot-11 guard who is from Boston and graduated from Boston Latin, first attended UMass-Lowell but didn’t play basketball there. He’s wearing No. 33.

UMass is expected to add a second walk-on guard as well, but the school is waiting for him to get cleared by the NCAA before making an announcement.

RECRUITS IN ATTENDANCE — Three members of UMass’ five-man recruiting class set to join the program next season were at the game. Springfield’s Chris Baldwin and New Orleans natives Brison Gresham and DeJon Jarreau sat together behind the UMass bench. Gresham and Baldwin are teammates at Notre Dame in Fitchburg, while Jarreau, who plays in Louisiana, was in town to visit them and see the game.

MISCELLANEOUS — UMass assistant coach Andy Allison returned to the bench after missing the last three games following his Achilles surgery. He was on crutches.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage


 

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