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Ramblers top Davidson: 3 Observations

The Ramblers now move to 15-7 on the year and improve to 7-2 in conference play

Chandler Hart

The Loyola Ramblers extend their hot streak, now winning five out of their last six games. Their most recent victim was the Davidson Wildcats, who fell by a score of 76-63. The Ramblers now move to 15-7 on the year and improve to 7-2 in conference play. Here are three observations from the win:

The Des Watson Revenge Game

Today’s game was one that junior Des Watson had circled for a while now. While Watson has been making a name for himself as a Rambler, the guard spent his previous first two years at Davidson.

Watson showed out against his former team today, going 5-9 from beyond the arc to lead the Ramblers with 18 points, his third game of the season with five or more three-pointers. 

Rolling in the deep

It wasn’t just Watson who was cooking from deep. The Ramblers combined to go 12-24 from beyond the arc, with a 50 percent clip to give them their best three-point shooting performance all season. 

Braden Norris was right behind Watson, making four treys to account for 14 points. Also joining in on the fun was Jalen Quinn, who went 2-2 for 10 points, his first double-digit game of the conference slate and second on the season.

Moving it with style

Loyola’s three-point performance could not have happened without their elite ball movement. The Ramblers’ ball movement was a thing of beauty to watch, as they remain one of the top passing teams in the country.

Loyola combined for 21 assists today, their sixth time topping the 20-assist threshold. Watson led the pack with six while Quinn slotted in right behind with five. 

The Ramblers now begin a two-game road trip, traveling to Virginia to take on George Mason on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on ESPN+. 

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