KEYSER, W. Va. – Sophomore guard Zakeem Davis and sophomore forward Elisha Kidd combined for 51 points as Garrett College pulled away from Hocking College, 79-67, Sunday afternoon to rebound from an opening-game loss and split two men's basketball contests in a season-opening tournament at Potomac State College.
"We're really inexperienced," said GC head coach Dennis Gibson of his Lakers squad. "Until you play live games where the score matters, you can't predict how these guys will react. They learned a lot this weekend, but the learning curve is short."
Davis scored a team-high 26 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 6 assists against Hocking while Kidd hit 11-of-13 shots from the field on the way to 25 points. Sophomore guard Kai Thompson was a perfect 6-for-6 from the line while scoring 11 points as the third Laker to reach double figures.
The Lakers shot almost 53 percent from the field and just over 73 percent from the foul line in the win. GC shot just 43 percent from the field in Saturday's season-opening, 74-66 loss to Patrick Henry Community College, but the Lakers impressed Gibson with a spirited comeback.
"They battled back from 20 points down on Saturday and had a chance to go ahead," noted Gibson. "That's a good sign."
Davis (team-high 11 rebounds) also had 26 points against Patrick Henry, but Kidd (16 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists) was the only other Laker to reach double figures.
Lisica, GC's 6-foot-10 sophomore center, finished with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
While Davis and Kidd are proven scorers, Gibson also expects good things from Thompson, Lisica and Ivic.
"Those three are all high-academic guys and they'll figure it out, but our bench has to step up," said Gibson, whose reserves totaled 17 points in the two games.
Garrett College will host the McDonald's Basketball Tip-Off Tournament this Friday and Saturday, with both the men's and women's teams in action. Please click here for games schedule and more information.