Greenville, S.C. – De'Mon Brooks led three Wildcats in double figures with 19 points and Davidson outscored Furman 38-22 in the paint en route to a 71-53 victory over the Paladins in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Wednesday evening on YP.com Court at Timmons Arena.
The loss dropped Furman to 11-11 overall and 5-6 in SoCon play while the Wildcats improved to 16-5 overall and 10-1 in conference play with their 29th win in their last 31 meetings against the Paladins.
Davidson held Furman without a field goal for a stretch of 5:38 late in the first half and used a 10-0 run to grab a 30-19 lead on Nik Cochran's free throws with 4:48 left in the period. The Wildcats extended the lead to 13 points before settling for a 40-30 advantage at the half.
Furman opened the second half by connected on five of its first six shots and Charlie Reddick drained a three-pointer with 14:38 remaining to trim the Davidson lead to 48-45, but the Wildcats allowed Furman just one basket in the next 8:38 to push their lead back to double digits. Davidson, which out-rebounded the Paladins 41-31, held Furman to just 4-of-22 from the field after the 5-for-6 run to open the second period as it pulled away for its ninth victory in its last 10 outings.
The Wildcats made only 2-of-12 triples and shot just 40.4% from the floor, but managed to connect on 23-of-26 free throw attempts and turned the ball over just nine times. Brooks buried 9-of-18 shots to tally 19 points while Cochran and JP Kuhlman combined to make 16-of-17 free throws to score 14 and 13 points, respectively. Jake Cohen added nine points and a team-high eight boards.
Reddick, the only Paladin to reach double figures, scored 13 points on 3-for-5 shooting beyond the arc. Brandon Sebirumbi added eight points, eight rebounds and matched a career-high with four blocked shots.
Furman shots 34% from the field, including 5-of-14 from long range, and connected on 12-of-16 trips to the charity stripe.
The Paladins continue their homestand on Saturday when they host UNC Greensboro at Timmons Arena. The 3 p.m. contest will be televised live on the SoCon Sports Network and streamed live on ESPN3.com.