Sharp shooting carries Davidson past Wofford
Feb 02, 2013 (The Charlotte Observer - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
SPARTANBURG Wofford, a normally good rebounding team, had just eight defensive rebounds in the first half of Saturday night's game against Davidson.
That's because the Wildcats' offense didn't give Wofford much to rebound at all.
Davidson shot 62.5 percent from the field in the first half and cooled to a 48.8 percentage for the game after a much more competitive second half en route to its 68-57 victory against the Terriers in Johnson Arena.
Trailing by as many as 15 in the first half, Wofford (8-15, 2-8 SoCon) cut the Davidson (15-7, 10-1) advantage to eight within the first six minutes of the second half.
Then Jake Cohen took over.
First he maneuvered around a defender on the lower block for an easy layup, then took a charge and finally stroked a 14-footer to put Davidson up 12.
But the Terriers would get the margin back to single digits with eight minutes left. An Indiana Faithfull 3-pointer made it 54-47 in favor of the Wildcats, and the Terriers cut the lead to 59-53 at the under-four timeout.
Cohen hit a 3-pointer with 1:10 left that served as the dagger for the Wildcats. It gave him 15 points and put Davidson up nine.
Four Wildcats finished in double figures, led by Cohen and guard Chris Czerapowicz each scoring 15. De'Mon Brooks and Tom Droney each had 13.
Entering the game, Davidson averaged 72.1 points per game on 44.4 percent shooting. The Wildcats benefitted from Czerapowicz's 11 first-half points on 4-for-4 shooting.
Reserve guard Droney came off the bench and also posted 11 points in 13 minutes in the first period.
Leading scorer Brooks and fellow forward Cohen started, like the rest of the Wildcats, hot from the floor. They muscled their way around the undersized Wofford bigs to a combined 14 first-half points and six rebounds.
Leading Wofford was freshman guard Spencer Collins, who posted 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting to lead all scorers.
At halftime, Collins had 13 points compared to 10 by the rest of his team.
The win marked Davidson's sixth consecutive conference win. The Wildcats recorded their 10th win in the SoCon while Wofford remains at the bottom of the North division. Only three teams in the 12-team conference have a winning record.
Davidson will next play host to Western Carolina on Thursday just two weeks after beating the Catamounts, 79-74, in Cullowhee.
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