Matthew Fisher-Davis was rippin' the ropes last night in Memorial.
Before 9,918 ecstatic fans, Matt put on a 3-point shooting clinic in the Commodores' 80-61 victory over the Auburn Tigers.
Matt went for 33 on 11 of 20 from the field and a sizzling 7 of 14 from trifecta. Matt was connecting from everywhere on the floor. He was unstoppable as the Dores moved to 2-0 in the SEC and 8-6 overall. This rapidly improving basketball team heads to Tuscaloosa Saturday Night to face the Alabama Crimson Tide at 6 PM CT/7 PM ET on ESPNU.
But along with Matt's stellar shooting last night, the team played terrific defense, out-rebounded Auburn and got it done with pure heart and hustle.
Luke had a huge night with 11 points, 10 boards and 4 blocks. He was dominant under the goal on both sides of the floor. Not only did he pull down 10 boards, but along with his 4 blocks, he altered many more of the Tigers' shots. Luke is a stellar enforcer for us under the rim. Jeff Roberson finished with 7 points and 7 boards and played a super all around game. His shot wasn't on, but Jeff always finds ways to help us win basketball games if his shots are not working. Matt added 7 boards and Riley chipped in 4. Riley picked up 3 fouls in the first half, so he was limited in his playing time, but came back in the second half and sank 2 of 4 triples. He's such a valuable player for us. Payton Willis played superbly at the point with 7 points and 6 assists. Joe Toye is a spectacular athlete and gives us so much off the bench. Joe finished with 9 points, including a massive slam in the first half, that was a beautiful tomahawk that might have won the NBA slam dunk contest. Nolan Cressler gave us good work off the bench. Nolan was 3-of-3 from the field and 2-of-2 from three point territory. Nolan always gives the team great hustle, and if he can hit his shots, that will really help us. Clevon Brown and Djery Baptiste gave us good work off the bench. Clevon is a really good player. Djerry has that massive frame and has potential to be a stellar big man at 6'11", 245 pounds, he just needs to improve his offensive game. I'm sure he's working hard with the coaches on that.
We were 28-of-58 from the field, 48%, and 14-of-33 from triple, 42%. We were only 10-of-16 from the line, 63%, which is unusual for us, as we've been 79% from the charity stripe this season. But we sank some more in the second half. Jeff sank 5-of-6 from the line. We out-rebounded the Tigers 41-37, which is always a huge statistic. And our defense was superb. AU shot only 32% from the field and were 6-of-21 from trifecta, 29%.
So all in all a superb performance by the team. I know Coach Drew is pleased. Got a lot of work left, but I like the way we're trending. Tough one Saturday Night. Bama beat Mississippi State, 68-58, on the road Tuesday Night. They are 8-5 overall and 1-0 in the SEC. They lost to Dayton at home, 77-72, earlier this season, but they keep improving. We lost to Dayton by 5 on the road. The Crimson Tide's best player is their point guard, Avery Johnson Jr., the coach's, son. Avery Johnson is the coach for the Crimson Tide. Donta Hall is a 6'9", 223 powerful big man and Dazon Ingram is a highly talented 6'5" redshirt freshman combo guard-small forward. This is a tough game, but one we can win if we play like we did last night. The blueprint for winning Saturday Night and with every game is to play a complete game like we did against Auburn last night.
i see this team with a lot of confidence right now. We need to stay healthy, but I really like where we're at. Bryce is doing a tremendous job.
Will have a write up Sunday AM on the game and any recruiting news that happens. Commits will be reported here. Coach Mason and the staff are in on one or two more offensive linemen, some good looking wide receivers, some good corners and a linebacker or two, and a defensive tackle. Will keep you posted.