Davidson College Sports Information
GREENVILLE, S.C. – De’Mon Brooks scored 19 points, and the Davidson defense held Furman to three field goals for the last 14 minutes of the contest to post a 71-53 Southern Conference men’s basketball victory over the Paladins Wednesday night in Timmons Arena.
Nik Cochran tallied 14 points and seven rebounds for Davidson (16-5, 10-1 SoCon), and JP Kuhlman recorded 13 points, five assists and four rebounds. Jake Cohen collected nine points and eight boards.
Charlie Reddick led the Paladins (11-11, 5-6 SoCon) with 13 points, and Brandon Sebirumbi registered eight points and eight rebounds.
Davidson held Furman to 32 percent shooting from the floor in the second half and 34 percent in the game. The Paladins’ defense was also stout as Furman blocked eight shots held Davidson to 40 percent from the field.
The Paladins trimmed a 10-point halftime deficit to 48-45 on a Reddick 3-pointer 5:22 into the second period as Furman hit five of its first six shots out of the break.
Davidson responded by scoring six straight points in what would become a 15-4 run over 10 minutes of game time. Consecutive Brooks jumpers off of post moves made the score 63-49 with 4:05 to play. The Wildcat defense clamped down in the last 14 minutes of the game and gave up just three field goals.
Furman could only cut the lead to 11 inside the last few minutes and elected to foul with 1:57 to go. Cochran and Cohen combined to go 6-for-6 from the line the rest of the way to seal the win.
Leading 20-19, the Wildcats went on a 14-2 run to open up some breathing room. Cochran scored five points during the stretch, and the‘Cats took a 34-21 lead on his two free throws with 3:11 left in the half. Furman shot 9-of-25 from the field and committed nine turnovers in the stanza.
CHATTANOOGA AT DAVIDSON SATURDAY
The Wildcats return home to face Chattanooga in their next contest. That game is set for a 4 p.m. tipoff Saturday in Belk Arena.
Game Notes: Davidson reached 10 wins in league play for the 11th consecutive season and 18th time under Bob McKillop… The ‘Cats made 20-plus free throws for the eighth time this season… Davidson improved to 43-10 in their last 53 league road games… The ‘Cats are in the midst of a stretch where they play five games in 10 days… Furman’s nine blocked shots tied the season high against Davidson (UNCW).by