Archives for March 2018

Davidson Wildcats Take Down No. 1 Rhode Island in a Close Finish

Photo By (Domenic Allegra/WGMU).

Photo By (Domenic Allegra/WGMU).

Davidson Wildcats Take Down No. 1 Rhode Island in a Close Finish.

By: Domenic Allegra

WASHINGTON D.C. – On Sunday afternoon at Capital One Arena, No. 3 Davidson and No.1 Rhode Island took the stage for the A10 Tournament Finals. This setting was familiar to Rhode as they had won the Tournament last year, however, Davidson was the outsider, this was there first time ever being in the A10 finals and they did not waste their opportunity. Davidson squeaked one out and won by a score of 58-57. Let’s break it down.

Two minutes into the game Davidson lead 6-2, but as they progressed it was neck and neck throughout. However, Davidson, did gain as much as an 8-point lead at multiple times during the game. Going into the half, URI lead 33-32; I knew this was going to be a lot closer than what I had initially thought.

Out the locker rooms, the both teams went back and forth with lead changes, but no one was pulling ahead. Davidson however went on a 12 minute and 50 second scoring drought and Rhode Island gladly took advantage scoring 11 consecutive points, while at the same time gaining their biggest lead with a score of 56-52 with just under four minutes left. With 2 minutes left to go, Kelley Grady made it 57-56 with two shots from the charity stripe. And when clutch time called, Grady answered with a game-winning floater on the next possession. Davidson had to be alert with Rhode Island’s Jeff Dowtin going for a shot, and they were as they forced him to take a deep three that came up short. With 0.6 left in the game Davidson inbounded to half-court and sealed the championship game. No. 3 Davidson takes down No. 1 Rhode Island in a grand fashion.

News and Highlights:

Having received an automatic bid tonight, Davidson will travel to Boise, ID to take on Kentucky in their 14th NCAA Tournament. That will be a game to watch.

Davidson went 19-50 (38%) on field goals, 6-18 (33.3%) on three pointers, and 14-16 (88%) from the foul line.

Kelley Grady lead the Wildcats with 17 points and 3 rebounds in this one, while Peyton Aldridge grabbed 7 rebounds and 2 assists in addition to his 13 points.

KiShawn Pritchett and Jon Axel Gudmundsson each finished with 9 points and went 75% (3-4) from the foul line.

Rhode Island went 20-52 (38.5%) on field goals, 8-23 (34.8%) on three pointers, and struggled from the charity stripe with a 52.9% (9-17).

Rhode Island’s points where spread thin among their players, with only E.C. Matthews making it to double digits (20). Rhode Island received an At-Large Bid tonight and will play Oklahoma in Pittsburgh.

In other A10 news, St. Bonaventure also received an At-Large Bid tonight and will face UCLA in Dayton, OH.

Stay tuned for more sports articles on WGMU in the near future.

A10 Tournament Session Six Recap

Photo By (Domenic Allegra/WGMU).

Photo By (Domenic Allegra/WGMU).

A10 Tournament Session Six Recap: Rhode Island Knocks Off SJU and Davidson Snaps the Bonnies’ Streak. The Championship Awaits.

By: Domenic Allegra

WASHINGTON D.C. — As A10 Tournament action continues, No. 1 University of Rhode Island (URI) faced off and won by a score of 90-87 today against No. 4 St. Joseph’s University (SJU) for a chance to play in the championship game on Sunday at 1:00pm at Capital One Arena.  It was a rematch of the game from February 27, 2018 where SJU pummeled URI by a score of 78-48.

Rhode Island (25-6) advanced to here by beating VCU, 76-67 on Friday in the quarterfinal matchup. The Rams won the regular season title this season and are looking to back that up by finishing what they started and winning three straight in D.C.

The only thing standing in their way now is No. 3 Davidson and their shooting machines Peyton Aldridge (24) and Kelley Grady (23), who scored 47 of the 82 points in tonight’s win over St. Bonaventure. The defending national champion, Rhode Island, will have to find a way to contain Davidson’s three-point shooters in order to secure a win in the A10 Finals tomorrow. However, with a win tomorrow, Rhode Island will secure their 91st win, the most ever in a four-year span for their program.

Highlights of URI vs SJU:

During the first 10:00 minutes of the first half, SJU held a strong 8-point lead over URI. For the next couple minutes, URI was struggling to make open shots and was unable to come up with any offensive rebounds. With 43 seconds left in the half, URI cut the lead to only 4 points after free throw from Nicola Akele. SJU took a 47-40 lead to the locker room after the first half.

Coming out of the break, SJU’s lead was up to 11 points over URI. However, with less than 10 minutes to go, URI cut the lead to 3 and the comeback was on.  With just over 6 minutes to go URI gains the lead with a score of 72-71. URI is now back in their rhythm and are making 3’s and grabbing offensive rebounds. SJU inbounded the ball with a score of 87-90 with 3.2 seconds left and made it to half court before traveling and turning the ball over. URI sealed the game by running out the clock.

Stats from Davidson vs. St. Bonaventure:

Davidson (20-11). will play in its first ever championship game in the A10 on Sunday. However, tonight they snapped the Bonnies’ 13-game win streak, shot 55% on three pointers, and 56% in overall field goals. If they want to win on Sunday, they will have to continue this pressure against Rhode Island. Davidson recorded 25 total rebounds, 23 assists and only 5 turnovers.

On the other hand, No. 2 St. Bonaventure, now eliminated, recorded 23% on three pointers and went under 50% for overall field goals (45%). The Bonnies’ struggled from the charity stripe with a free throw percentage of 53. St. Bonaventure finished the game with 34 total rebounds, 16 assists, and only 6 turnovers. We’ll have to see if they receive a bid for the NCAA tournament.

Players to watch for Sunday’s Game:

For Davidson:

Keep an eye out for Peyton Aldridge and Kelley Grady, but also for Rusty Reigel as he had 10 points, went 75% for field goals, 2-3 on three’s, and a perfect 2-2 on free throws. He also had 4 rebounds, 8 assists, with only 1 personal foul.

For Rhode Island:

Andre Berry, their center, finished the night with 18 points and 9 rebounds, definitely someone to watch next game. However, let’s not forget about Jeff Dowtin, E.C. Matthews, Jared Terrell, or Fatts Russell, as they all had 10+ points, together collected 19 rebounds, 14 assists, while only combining for only 3 turnovers.

My prediction for tomorrow game:

Based on Rhode Island’s poor start today and how Davidson was relentless on dropping three-point baskets, I predict a first-time championship win for the Davidson Wildcats with a score of 71-64.

REVIEW|THENBHD’s The Neighbourhood (2018)

thenbhdThough The Neighbourhood lacks a full makeover of a sound, the redundancy in their current melodies are used to their benefit.

Top Tracks: Flowers, Scary Love, Reflections

Rating: 7.5/10

By: Jackie Reed

After years of quietly releasing live session tracks and solo projects, The Neighbourhood returns to the boyband arena.

Their self-titled album The Neighbourhood (2018) released on Friday, March 8. It’s a conglomeration of new wave singles and songs pulled from previous EPs – particularly their Hard – EP (2017) and To Imagine – EP (2018). Likewise, they pulled from Hard to Imagine – EP (2018) as well, though this EP is literally Hard and To Imagine meshed into one, branded-new EP. A little overboard, but it lets their name be known.

Songs like “Scary Love”, “Sadderdaze”, and “You Get Me So High” are dark anthems synthesized with reverbed vocals, pop clicks, crisp drumbeats, and echoing instrumentals. These act as the foundation for the album – they are key tracks that define what the group is best remembered for. Other tracks like “Nervous” and “Void” came out days before the album release. Such tracks offer similar tones and vernacular heard throughout the album.

Let’s not forget that there were new singles released solely out of this album. Take “Flowers”, the first single. It’s a cinematic introduction to the album, which reconciles the band’s beach sound and sophisticated image. “Blue” is another one new to the ear. It’s a testament to Jesse Rutherford’s solo project & (2017), an album embraced by his tenor vocals and synthy hip-hop music beds.

Though The Neighbourhood lacks a full makeover of a sound, the redundancy in their current melodies are used to their benefit. Typical distant guitar and static vocals are techniques they manage to get away with. Much of their interludes and existential sounds are drawn from characteristics found in previous albums – say Wiped Out! (2015) and #000000 & #FFFFFF (2014).

The album as a whole is no showstopper. However, it does reclaim the band’s territory in today’s independent artist game, ultimately gratifying long-time fans and impressing new ones.

Lit&Live with Luke James Shaffer

By: Kate Klajbor and Jackie Reed

American singer-songwriter Luke James Shaffer stopped by WGMU’s on-air studio to reflect on his experiences making covers and original songs, tour life, living in New York and DC, current projects, and future plans. He will be performing at Volition’s Open Mic on March 8.

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To stream/buy Luke James Shaffer’s music, tune in to his iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, and YouTube pages.

Feature Photo By (Luke James Shaffer/Official Website).

Volition Open Mic – Music Industry Night

Featuring Mannywellz, Luke James Shaffer, & Sydney Franklin


Thurs, Mar 8


GMU’s JC Bistro // Fairfax, VA