|Jackson Davis has been playing big for the Generals.|
Jackson Davis, who was ranked as a top-10 Kentucky high school player in the Courier-Journal's coaches poll, showed why he was given that preseason honor Saturday night. He went for 25 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 steals in his Lafayette team's big victory over the Eastern Eagles out of Louisville.
The Lafayette Generals only had a two-point lead heading into the second quarter, but that was quickly extended to six after a Davis dunk and another Lafayette basket.
An Austin Howard fast-break layup with 3:26 remaining in the first half would get Eastern to within two again, but that's the closest the Eagles would come for the rest of the night.
That five-point halftime margin quickly exploded into a 14-point Lafayette advantage. A three-pointer from Nick Trisko gave the Generals a ten-point lead at 36-26 after just a minute of play in the third quarter. Then, two straight baskets from Davis gave Lafayette the cushion they had been searching for.
A 49-33 Lafayette advantage was the biggest lead of the game, coming with just under two minutes to play in the third quarter after a basket from Dequise Robinson. But, thanks to two straight baskets from Eastern's Jordan Brangers, and some made free throws, the Eagles managed to cut the margin to 8 heading into the final period.
Brangers' long two-pointer with five minutes remaining in the game cut Lafayette's lead to 60-52, but the Generals were set on keeping that double-digit lead for the final score. Eastern struggled to make shots down the stretch (they shot 37.5% for the game), and Lafayette sank free throws.
Fittingly, another Davis dunk finished the game off and set the final score of 72-59.
Eastern: 12 14 17 16 59
Howard 6, Hassell 4, Matthews 2, Renfroe 12, Brangers 17, Beattie 15, Gray 3.
Lafayette: 14 17 20 21 72
Sweat-Washington 15, Robinson 2, Davis 25, Blakely 6, Whiting 8, Trisko 9, Wright 2, Evans 5.