Greenville, S.C. – Davidson's Nik Cochran scored 22 points to lead the Wildcats to their 11th straight victory over Furman, 79-70, in Southern Conference men's basketball action Wednesday evening at Belk Arena.
The loss, Furman's 15th straight defeat in Davidson, N.C., and 27th in its last 28 meetings with the Wildcats, dropped the Paladins to 11-5 overall and 3-2 in the SoCon. Davidson improved to 8-8 overall and 3-2 in league play.
The Paladins trailed by just one point at 55-54 with under 11 minutes to play, but Chris Czerapowicz and Coochran each drained three-pointers during a 9-0 Wildcats run that upped the Davidson advantage to 64-54 with 8:33 remaining. Furman was unable to pull closer than six points the rest of the way.
Cochran made all three of his field goal attempts, each from three-point range, and 13-of-15 free throw attempts to lead three Wildcats in double figures. JP Kuhlman tallied 14 points while De'Mon Brooks came off of the bench to net 11 points and grab eight rebounds.
In a game that featured 53 fouls and 71 free throw attempts, the Wildcats connected on 28-of-37 trips to the charity stripe while also burying 7-of-16 treys. Davidson, who shot 45% from the floor, outrebounded Furman 33-24 and scored 18 points off 16 Paladin turnovers.
Senior Jordan Miller paced Furman with 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting in the loss. Colin Reddick scored 13 points on the strength of a 9-for-11 night at the foul line while Noah States added 10 points. Furman shot 46.5% from the field and made 27-of-34 free throw attempts, but the Paladins managed only six offensive rebounds and converted on only 3-of-10 three-point tries.
After Furman built a 30-21 first half lead the Wildcats outscored the Paladins 18-5 over the final 6:30 minutes of the period, including scoring the final nine points of the half, to carry a 39-35 lead into intermission. Brooks and Chochran each scored six points during the stretch as Davidson held the Paladins to just one basket over the final six minutes of the half.
States helped Furman pull even twice during the early portion of the second half and converted a pair of foul shots to trim the margin to 55-54, but Furman failed to make a basket between Miller's layup at the 12:19 mark and his three-pointer with 1:27 left.
The Paladins look to return to the win column when they travel to Statesboro, Ga., to face Georgia Southern on Saturday afternoon at 2:00.
Paladin fans can follow all of the action versus the Eagles with the "Voice of the Paladins" Chuck Hussion and color commentator Ron Smith on the Furman Sports Network at WGOG-FM 96.3 and WOLT-FM 103.3. Furman basketball can also be heard through Stretch Audio at www.furmanpaladins.com.