Davidson Recap

20 Jan

Senior point guard Andrew Lawrence (London, England) scored a game-high 18 including his 1,000th career point, but it wasn’t enough as College of Charleston fell on the road at Davidson, 77-68, on Saturday night before a sell-out crowd of 4,844 at Belk Arena.

Lawrence was one of three Cougars (12-7, 4-3 SoCon) in double figures along with 13 apiece from sophomore big man Adjehi Baru (Abidjan, Ivory Coast) and junior Anthony Thomas (Winston-Salem, N.C.). It was the second-straight Southern Conference loss for CofC against its two main South Division rivals.

The Wildcats (11-7, 6-1 SoCon) shot 48.1 percent from the field (26-of-54) and 87.5 percent from the free throw line (21-of-24) to take a two-game lead in the divisional league race.

The first half went back-and-forth with six lead changes as CofC jumped out to an early 6-2 run capped by Lawrence’s milestone three-pointer at the 19:04 minute mark. He became the 30th player in school history to join the elite 1,000 career-point club.

The Cougars and Wildcats were both marred by a turnover prone first half with seven each. CofC’s largest lead of the game was five points on a free throw made by redshirt junior Willis Hall (Charlotte, N.C.), 7-2, at 18:39.

Davidson was led in scoring by De’Mon Brooks who had 17 and JP Kuhlman and Nik Cochran who both had 15 each. The Wildcats’ bench helped build their lead to 10 points at halftime, 44-34, thanks to 10 big first-half points by reserve Tom Droney who ended the night with 12.

The closest CofC got in the second half was on a three-pointer by redshirt senior Matt Sundberg (Kennesaw, Ga.) which cut the lead down to five, 64-59, with 6:12 remaining in regulation.

Video Music: Battle Scars by Lupe Fiasco & Guy Sebastian

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