Davidson (17-7) at College of Charleston (18-7)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 14, 7:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: TD Arena (5,100) -- Charleston, South Carolina.
Television: MyTV. Home Record: Davidson 9-1, CofC 9-5. Away Record: Davidson
6-4, CofC 9-2. Neutral Record: Davidson 2-2, CofC 0-0. Conference Record:
Davidson 12-1, CofC 10-3. Series Record: Davidson leads, 51-13.
GAME NOTES: The top two teams in the Southern Conference South Division will
battle it out at TD Arena, as the College of Charleston Cougars play host to
the Davidson Wildcats.
Davidson has reeled off eight straight wins to take over sole possession of
first place in the SoCon South. Most recently, the Wildcats toppled
Appalachian State this past Saturday, 87-52. That victory improved their home
record to 9-1 on the season, while the Wildcats also sit above .500 in true
road games (6-4).
Charleston boasts the second-best record in the conference and enters
tonight's contest two games back of Davidson. The Cougars were on the road
over the weekend and they picked up their sixth consecutive victory with
Saturday's 71-68 triumph at Chattanooga. The Cougars have actually fared a bit
better on the road this season (9-2) than at home (9-5).
The Wildcats notched a 77-68 win over CofC nearly a month ago, which extended
their lead in the all-time series to 51-13.
Davidson put Appalachian State away early by shooting an ultra-efficient 65.2
percent from the floor and knocking down seven 3-pointers in the first half to
build a 49-23 halftime lead. The Wildcats had 14 assists on 15 field goals and
closed the half on a 16-1 run. Jake Cohen and Tom Droney shared team-high
scoring honors with 14 points apiece, while De'Mon Brooks finished with 13
points and eight rebounds. Chris Czerapowicz recorded his first career double-
double with 10 points and 11 boards, and Nik Cochran (8 pts) reached the
1,000-point mark for his career. On the season, Cohen paces the squad with
14.0 points per game to go along with 5.8 rebounds. Brooks is averaging 13.6
points and a team-best 6.4 rebounds.
Andrew Lawrence leads Charleston with 13.7 ppg, followed by fellow starting
guard Anthony Stitt with 10.9 ppg. Both of those players command attention
along the perimeter, where they have combined to knock down 86-of-221 threes
(.389). Down low, Adjehi Baru is shooting 52 percent from the floor while
averaging 10.0 points and a team-high 8.5 boards. The Cougars really get after
it on the glass, where they boast a +5.5 rebounding margin on the season.
Against Chattanooga last weekend, it was Trent Wiedeman who provided a spark
off the bench with 16 points and 10 caroms to lead four Cougars in double
figures. CofC held a key 23-1 edge in bench points for the game. Lawrence and
Stitt each scored 13, and Anthony Thomas finished with 10.
This figures to be a tightly contested battle between SoCon heavyweights. The
Wildcats have certainly held their own on the road this season, although
Charleston's size will present some matchup challenges. Still, Davidson is
coming off the more impressive outing and has not tasted defeat in a month.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Davidson 75, College of Charleston 72
02/14 10:35:13 ET