IC on the Road: Davis Posts Triple Double

WASHINGTON, Ill. --- Those who have watched Ed Davis over the years have come to appreciate his style. Rarely rattled, the 6-9 senior from Richmond (Va.) Benedictine just goes about his business and produces.

Saturday morning at the Trusted Choice Tournament of Champions, the future Tar Heel showed another side while leading his team to a tough 55-53 win over a talented Chicago (Ill.) Hales Franciscan squad.

Wearing his emotions on his sleeve, the usually reserved Davis was a man possessed. He swatted shots left and right, shouted encouragement to teammates and scored the game winning bucket on a quick spin move through a double team for a monstrous two handed jam with just over 20 seconds remaining.

"We were just trying to win, so I just had to make a move," Davis told Inside Carolina. "My teammates got me the ball and I just had to score."

After finishing the game with 17 points (5-8 FG, 7-10 FT), 10 rebounds and an impressive 13 blocked shots -- many of them coming against Oregon-bound big man Josh Crittle -- Davis even allowed himself to engage in a little chatter with opposing fans who had been talking trash for two days.

"I don't like when people talk trash and they'd been doing it at the hotel. Then their fans here were talking the whole game," Davis said. "I just don't like that. They just kept talking bad about our players. I'm not usually like that, but I just had to say something. It got me going.

"At the hotel they kept talking to me wherever I went about how I had to bring it. I guess I did."

In a game where a relentless Hales Franciscan press forced turnover after turnover and his teammates struggled to find him in scoring position, Davis remained calm. He was happy to block shots, rebound and score where he could. Besides, if putting up numbers was all that mattered he wouldn't even be at Benedictine.

"I really don't get frustrated when it's like that," said Davis. "Where I was at before I transferred here last year I averaged 25 points a game. I came here my junior year and only averaged 18, so scoring a lot of points isn't a big thing for me. I just like to win."

While he's focusing on his senior season, Davis also hopes to follow the Tar Heels. So far he hasn't gotten to watch much, but hopes to make some games later on this year.

"I've only seen them one time this year, so I don't get to really watch them a lot," said Davis. "When the season's over with I'll probably go down there and catch a couple of games."

According to Davis, the Carolina staff hasn't given him any specific areas to work on in preparation for college. Roy Williams and company just want him to focus on the task at hand and it's something that he's good with.

"They just want me to win, not really worry about anything else," said Davis. "That's fine with me."

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