Davidson dancin' after beating Rhode Island 58-57 in A-10

Davidson dancin' after beating Rhode Island 58-57 in A-10

Davidson dancin' after beating Rhode Island 58-57 in A-10

The Davidson Wildcats locked up an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with Sunday's 58-57 upset win over Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 title game.

"Obviously, it was a pretty exciting semifinal Saturday", URI coach Dan Hurley said.

"Coach drew up an unbelievable play", Dowtin said. And this just a taste of what's to come now that March Madness is upon us.

Rhode Island: A conference championship would have been nice, of course, but a trip to the NCAAs was going to happen, anyway.

Shavar Newkirk had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the fourth-seeded Hawks (16-16), who drubbed Rhode Island 78-48 last week.

Nearly 10 years ago back in the 2008 tournament, a sophomore Curry led a Cinderella 10-seed Wildcats team to victories over No. 7 Gonzaga, No. 2 Georgetown, and No. 3 Wisconsin to make it all the way to the Elite 8.

Who We Like: Davidson's motion offense is rolling right now and the Wildcats' 2-3 zone gave the Rams' fits earlier this season.

Dowtin had an off-balance 3-pointer with 19.3 seconds left to make it 87-81.

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Key to the comeback was Rhode Island's offensive rebounding.

It is Davidson's first-ever A-10 Championship.

The Rams launched a desperate 17-5 run down the stretch, with Russell netting eight of his 14 points. "Being able to hit open shots, that's what we did". "Not only did we get there, but we think we can win in the tournament".

Among them: A baseline jumper by Stanford Robinson missed, but Grady stepped out with 10.8 seconds remaining while grabbing the rebound. The last team to do so was former A-10 member Temple, which won three in a row from 2008 to 2010.

Rhode Island: The Rams will meet either second-seeded St. Bonaventure or third-seeded Davidson in Sunday's title game.

Saint Joseph's: The Hawks' season is likely finished.

"But what we talked about is what it felt like on Sunday a year ago (in the title game), you know, landing (at the airport in Rhode Island) and having hundreds of fans".

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