|Top-seeded Davidson wins 12th SoCon title|
|Written by Phil Perry|
|Tuesday, 12 March 2013 06:28|
Davidson cruised to its 12th Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Championship title, 74-55, over College of Charleston on Monday night in ExploreAsheville.com Arena at U.S. Cellular Center. The win
moves the Wildcats to 26-7 on the season, while CofC falls to 24-10. It was a wire-to-wire win in front of a raucous crowd as Davidson’s students came en masse as the team’s sixth man.
“This was the De’Mon of last year that we saw consistently. It has now become consistently part of the latter stage of this year," said Davidson coach Bob McKillop. "Sometimes when you have five scorers in the game as we do, it’s a difficult task to find your comfort level and find your rhythm. He struggled to find it. After winning player of the year in the conference that he co-shared with Jake Cohen, all of a sudden there are expectations."
“Well, I got to give Davidson credit, they’ve beat us 3 times and beat us pretty convincingly. I thought we had a real good chance, first half," said Charleston coach Doug Wojcik. "We didn’t really rebound the ball offensively last night, but we did a great job tonight early and we just didn’t convert those offensive rebounds and made things tougher for ourselves and kind of dug ourselves a hole. But for the most part, great weekend for us, the kids fought valiantly."
They did shoot 68.6 percent (24-for-35) inside the arc. That led to a 42-24 edge in points in the paint. Davidson got off to a great start, scoring the game’s first seven points. Lawrence’s 3-pointer at 14:44 made it a 10-8 game. The Wildcats went on a 12-2 spurt to jump out by 12, 24-12, for the largest lead of the first half, on a layup by Brooks. CofC battled back with a 14-7 stretch to get within five, 31-26, on a Lawrence free throw. Chris Czerapowicz and Kuhlman ended the first half with scores as Kuhlman drove to the basket for a layup with a second to spare and a 35-26 lead.
“It feels incredibly special to be able to do this twice," said senior forward Jake Cohen of the Wildcats. "I’m so proud of my teammates for being able to give me an opportunity to do it again. To be able to do this twice and to do it with some of my best friends in the world is something really special. I just feel really lucky.”
The all-tourney first team included Brooks, Cohen, Baru, Lawrence and Trey Sumler (Western Carolina). Kuhlman, Cochran, Lucas Troutman (Elon), Derrell Armstrong (UNCG) and Nathan Healy (Appalachian State) comprised the second team. Davidson now awaits news of its NCAA tournament site. Selection Sunday is March 17 airing at 6 p.m. on CBS. The Cougars also wait for news of their postseason landing spot.
Photo Courtesy: De'Mon Brooks, SoCon Athletics
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