Davidson Locks Up SoCo Top Seed
DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Davidson shot 58.8 percent in the second half and freshman Stephen Curry scored at least 20 for the 15th time this season with 24 points as the Wildcats captured the Southern Conference’s top seed in a 75-57 victory over Furman Thursday evening at Belk Arena. The win was the ninth straight for Davidson and 21st of its last 22, improving to 25-4 overall and 16-1 in the league. The Paladins fell to .500 on the year at 14-14 and 8-9 in the league.
As the regular-season champion, the Wildcats have at the very least earned a bid to the NIT.
The recipient of the SoCon’s Player of the Week honor the last two weeks, Curry finished 10-of-17 from the floor and scored 17 of his game-high performance after the intermission. Along with reaching double figures for the 28th time this season, the 6-1 shooting guard has registered at least 23 points per game during the Wildcats’ nine-game streak.
Others in double digits for Davidson included forwards Thomas Sander and Boris Meno, who recorded 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Thanks to their hot-shooting final stanza, the Wildcats finished the contest 47.8 percent from the floor and held Furman to just 7-of-27 (25.9 percent) in the second. Both clubs concluded with six treys each.
Davidson outscored its visitor 25-8 over the first eight minutes of the second frame to grab a 55-41 lead and never looked back. During the run, Curry scored 11 of the Wildcats’ points, including his 100th trey of the campaign. He finished the game with 101 on the season, nine shy of breaking the NCAA record for threes by a freshman in a season.
With 2:29 remaining in the first half, Curry connected on his first trifecta of the contest to put the Wildcats up by two, 30-28, but Furman scored the final five points to take a 33-30 lead into the locker room.
The Paladins shot an impressive 53.6 percent (15-for-28) in the first 20 minutes, led by Moussa Diagne and Gerad Punch with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Diagne was held to just two points in the last period to finish with a team-best 14, while Punch failed to score after his first-half total.
John Falconi and Lamar Hull made their first career starts tonight as the Wildcat seniors said farewell to the home crowd.
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