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Originally published: 2013-02-10 01:37:49
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Davidson blasts Mountaineers in first half

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

DAVIDSON — Appalachian State has learned, after playing Davidson twice, that the Wildcats can really shoot the ball.

Davidson shot a blistering 65.2 percent in the first half, which went up to 66 percent early in the second half. It allowed the Wildcats to build a 26-point halftime lead and eventually turn into an 87-52 Southern Conference victory in front of a packed house at Belk Arena.

Davidson made 15-of-23 shots from the field, 7-of-14 3-pointers, in the first half. Davidson eventually took a 49-23 halftime lead.

The Wildcats (17-7, 12-1 SoCon) had four players in double figures in scoring, with another four who scored eight points. Davidson handed out 21 assists for 30 made baskets.

“On offense and defense, we were very efficient,” Davidson coach Bob McKillop said. “The numbers jump off the chart. Twenty-one assists in 30 baskets and the shooting percentages are outstanding.”

Mountaineers coach Jason Capel agreed.

“They’re a very good basketball team. They outplayed us at every position and every facet of the game,” Capel said. “They’re big, they’re strong and they’re fast. They’re very disciplined. It’s a big win for them.”

Appalachian State (10-13, 6-6) shot 30.3 percent (10-of-33) in the first half and 30.0 percent for the game. Appalachian State’s starting lineup particularly struggled from the field by combining to make 11-of-42 shots.

Nate Healy led the Mountaineers in scoring with 13 points. He also grabbed six rebounds and had three steals. Tevin Baskin added 12 points coming off the bench in 19 minutes of playing time. Point guard Mike Neal added nine points and three of the Mountaineers’ seven assists.

“We’re a little undersized in the post. I think everybody knows that,” Healy said. “We were doubling and they made us pay. They’ve too many people who don’t miss, or seem to don’t miss.”

Davidson got 14 points from Jake Cohen and from Tom Droney, who came off the bench to add three assists. De’Mon Brooks scored 13 points and Chris Czerapowicz scored 10.

Four Wildcats — JP Kuhlman, Nik Cochran, Tyler Kalinoski and Jordan Barham — scored eight points each.

“There is not a team in our league that has a starting five that has that kind of skill-set with De’Mon and Cohen inside,” Capel said. “You have to double them and when you do, they kick it out and have three of the best shooters surrounding them.”

Capel said the Wildcats, who beat the Mountaineers at home for the first time since 2008, have matured over the past few years. He said there is a difference in how they’re playing as upperclassmen then they did as freshmen and sophomores.

“They’re very disciplined because now they’re older,” Capel said. “Three years ago, they weren’t that, obviously. Now they’re juniors and seniors. They’re very good, they’re well coached and they’re disciplined. Right now, they’re obviously the best team in this league.”

Appalachian State doesn’t have a lot of time to recover from the loss. The Mountaineers host Furman at the Holmes Center on Monday.

 

Davidson 87, Appalachian State 52

Appalachian State (10-13, 6-6)

Obacha 1-4 3-4 5, Healy 4-11 2-2 13, Hamilton 2-5 0-2 4, Neal 3-12 2-3 9, Canty 1-10 2-4 4, Baskin 5-7 2-3 12, Burgess 0-2 0-0 0, Gilbert 0-0 0-0 0, Tice 2-7 0-1 4, Spagnolo 0-0 0-0 0, Rutherford 0-1 0-0 0, Eaves 0-0 1-2 1, Okam 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-60 12-21 52.

Davidson (17-7, 12-1)

Cohen 6-10 2-3 14, Brooks 4-8 5-8 13, Kuhlman 3-5 2-2 8, Cochran 3-3 0-0 8, Czerapowicz 4-11 0-0 10, Mejri 0-0 0-0 0, Archie II 0-3 2-2 2, Kalinoski 2-5 2-2 8, Tormey 0-0 0-0 0, Barham 2-3 4-4 8, Mackay 1-1 0-0 2, Droney 5-7 3-3 14, Belford 0-0 0-0 0, Perkey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-56 20-24 87.

Halftime score—Davidson 87, Appalachian State 23. 3-point goals—ASU 4-16 (Healy 3-5, Neal 1-6, Hamilton 0-1, Canty 0-1, Trice 0-1, Burgess 0-2), Davidson 7-19 (Cochran 2-2, Kalinoski 2-5, Czerapowicz 2-6, Droney 1-2, Brooks 0-1, Kuhlman 0-1, Cohen 0-2). Rebounds—ASU 32 (Healy 6), Davidson 42 (Czerapowicz 11). Assists—ASU 7 (Neal 3), Davidson 21 (Kuhlman 7). Turnovers—ASU 13, Davidson 10. Total fouls—ASU 18, Davidson 18. Fouled out—ASU, Obacha. Technical fouls—None, Att.—5,090.