Asheville, N.C. – De'Mon Brooks, Chris Czerapowicz, and Tyler Kalinoski each tallied 17 points and Davidson led wire-to-wire in a 73-54 victory over Furman in the quarterfinal round of the Southern Conference Men's Basketball Championship on Saturday night at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C.
Davidson, which improved to 23-7 with its third victory of the season over Furman, advanced to face the winner of tonight's Elon versus Georgia Southern game in tomorrow's semifinal round. With the loss, Furman concluded its season at 15-16.
Czerapowicz and Brooks combined for nine points in the opening four minutes as Davidson raced out to an 11-2 lead. The Wildcats built a 16-point cushion at 35-19 before heading into the locker room ahead 37-27 after shooting 46.7% from the floor in the opening 20 minutes.
Davidson scored the first six points of the second half, including a triple from Czerapowicz, to extend its lead to 43--27 on Clint Mann's free throw with 17:19 to play. Furman trimmed the margin to 54-44 on a three-point play by Charlie Reddick with 6:32 remaining, but Davidson dashed any hopes of a Furman rally as Kalinoski drained back-to-back treys in an 8-0 run that gave the Wildcats a 62-44 lead with under 4:30 left.
Kalinoski, who dished out four assists on the night, netted his 17 points by connecting on 5-of-7 three-point attempts. Brooks converted on 8-of-13 shots while Czerapowicz made 6-of-13 field goal attempts, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc.
The Wildcats shot 47.4% from the field and made 9-of-16 shots from three-point range. Davidson tallied 19 points off of 16 Furman turnovers and held the Paladins to just 37.7% shooting from the floor.
Furman out-rebounded Davidson 39-34, including 15 offensive boards, but the Paladins managed to make only 9-of-22 free throws.