Wildcats in Drivers' Seat for SoCon Regular Season Title
Davidson Runs Win Streak to 10, Tops Wofford 59-49
By Mike Leslie, Sports Anchor/Digital Journalist - email
DAVIDSON, N.C. (DavidsonWildcats.com) – Davidson converted 52.4 percent of its field goal attempts while holding Wofford to just 34 percent, as the Wildcats clinched at least a share of the regular season title with a 59-49 win over Wofford in Southern Conference men's basketball action Saturday night in Belk Arena.
Davidson (17-11, 13-1 SoCon) won its 10th straight game and ended the Terriers' nine-game winning streak.
De'Mon Brooks paced the Wildcats with a game-high 18 points, connecting on all six of his attempts from the field, while grabbing eight rebounds. Tyler Kalinoski added 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including two of Davidson's six buckets from behind the arc.
After the Terriers took a 32-30 lead early in the second half, the Wildcats went on an 18-6 spurt and pushed the margin back to double digits, 48-38, on a Brian Sullivan jumper with 7:40 to play. Wofford (16-11, 10-4 SoCon) cut the deficit to 48-45 with five straight, but Davidson put the game away with an 11-1 run sparked by seven consecutive from Brooks.
The backcourt of Spencer Collins and Karl Cochran were the lone Terriers in double figures with 16 and 15 points, respectively.
Davidson, which held the Terriers without a field goal until the 11:32 mark of the opening half, raced out to a 15-3 advantage. Wofford responded with a 23-6 spurt, capped off by 18 unanswered, to grab its first lead of the contest, 26-21. Despite experiencing a lengthy scoring drought (6:01) of their own, the Wildcats scored the last five points of the half, including a Kalinoski triple at the buzzer to tie the score, 26-26 at the break.
In addition to 32 points in the paint, Davidson finished with a 33-24 margin on the glass, while finishing with 16 assists on 22 field goals.
The Wildcats will wrap up their 2013-14 home slate with a 7 p.m. "Senior Day" contest against UNCG Thursday evening.
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