Davidson, N.C. – Jake Cohen and J.P. Kuhlman scored 16 points apiece to lead five Davidson players in double figures as the Wildcats topped Furman, 86-65, in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Saturday evening at Belk Arena.
With the victory, Davidson improved to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in SoCon play while Furman dropped to 3-4 overall and 0-2 in the league with its third straight loss. The defeat was Furman's 17th straight against the Wildcats in Davidson, N.C.
The Wildcats, who shot 52.9% from the field and converted on 25-of-29 trips to the foul line, led by as many as 16 points in the first half before carrying a 41-32 lead into intermission. Davidson led 44-32 early in the second period before Furman mounted an 8-0 run, keyed by two Charlie Reddick baskets, to trim the lead to 44-40 on Richard Brown's layup with 16:58 remaining.
In front 70-61 with under 7:30 left, Davidson reeled off nine consecutive points to open up a 79-61 advantage and put the contest out of reach. De'Mon Brooks opened the spurt with a triple and Kuhlman buried another trey before Cohen capped the run with a pair of free throws at the 5:56 mark.
The Wildcats connected on 27-of-51 field goal attempts, including 7-of-19 from three-point range, and totaled 22 points off of 14 Furman turnovers. Brooks and Nik Cochran added 15 points apiece to reach double figures while Chris Czerapowicz came off of the bench to net 13 points.
Junior Bryant Irwin contributed a career-high 21 points to pace the Paladins. Dominic Early posted a career-best 12 points and Brown added 10 points and four assists. Colin Reddick grabbed a team-high eight rebounds for Furman, who fell to 1-3 on the road this season..
The Paladins shot just 37% from the floor and made only 5-of-18 three-point attempts.
The Paladins return home on Tuesday when they host Virginia-Wise at 7 p.m.