Asheville, NC (Sports Network) - The top-seeded Davidson Wildcats will try to
defend their Southern Conference Tournament crown as they take on the College
of Charleston Cougars with an automatic bid into the 2013 NCAA Tournament
awaiting the winner.
Coach Doug Wojcik's first year at the helm of the Cougars' program has already
been a success, as he has led it to 24 wins that includes decisions over
Boston College, Baylor and Vermont. He has a chance to become an instant hero
in the Charleston community on Monday, as it has been 14 years since the
Cougars last went dancing. Charleston upset the second-seeded Elon Phoenix,
68-60, on Sunday to advance to the title game.
Davidson needed to stage a second half comeback on Sunday against Appalachian
State, but did so successfully to defeat the Mountaineers, 65-62. It was the
451st career win for coach Bob McKillop and the 16th straight for the team.
The Wildcats' winning streak is the longest active streak in the nation.
During the regular season, Davidson defeated the Cougars, 77-68 on Jan 19, at
home and 75-59 on Feb. 14, in Charleston. The Wildcats own a sizeable, 52-13
all-time series edge.
Andrew Lawrence scored 19 points and Willis Hall registered a double-double of
16 points and 10 rebounds for CofC against Elon. The Cougars held Elon to
just eight field goals on 29.6 percent shooting in the first half to build an
early lead before shooting 52 percent from the floor themselves after the
break to seal the deal. Charleston outscored Elon both from the 3-point arc
(21-9) and the free-throw line 19-15).
Charleston is just a middle of the road team offensively with an average of
65.6 ppg, however it is very adept on the other end of the floor where it
allows only 61.3 ppg. Lawrence, who played with and against some of the
world's top players prior to this season as a member of Great Britain's senior
national team in the most recent Summer Olympics, paces the squad with 13.3
points, 3.7 assists and 1.4 steals per tilt. Anthony Stitt is a solid second
option at 10.8 ppg while Adjehi Baru provides 9.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per
Davidson is outscoring opponents by 18.4 points per game during its current
winning streak, while holding its opposition to 39.7 percent shooting from the
floor. Forward Jake Cohen was named SoCon Player of the Year last week after
posting 14.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this season. His outside
shooting ability, combined with the slashing of De'Mon Brooks (13.5 ppg, 6.1
rpg) helped make Davidson the highest scoring team in the conference this
season at 73.7 ppg. Cohen and Brooks combined for 33 points in Sunday's
victory over ASU.
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