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Originally published: 2013-01-26 18:32:32
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Dominant Davidson

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Appalachian State found out just how good Davidson can be when the Wildcats bring their best game.

Davidson dominated Appalachian State from the very start of its 79-56 victory in front of 2,910 fans at the Holmes Center Saturday. Davidson got off to a fast start and never let up on the Mountaineers, who have lost three out of their last four games after winning five straight.

So, just what went wrong for Appalachian State?

“Everything, everything, everything,” Mountaineers forward Tevin Baskin said.

Davidson went on a 15-2 run to take a 20-7 lead the Mountaineers could never recover. When the Wildcats went in front 22-9, Appalachian State went nearly eight minutes without scoring from the field until a Jay Canty basket with 10:25 ended ASU’s drought.

The Mountaineers pulled to within 33-21, but Davidson turned on its afterburners with a half-ending 12-2 run and took a 45-23 lead into halftime.

“They’re like a machine,” Mountaineers coach Jason Capel said. “I definitely tip my cap to them. They definitely brought it to us from the opening tip and in every facet of the game. You saw one team determined to dominate the game, and my team came in and we were hopeful Davidson would miss.”

That didn’t happen very often. Davidson shot a sizzling 61.5 percent from the field (16-of-26) in the first half after scoring 22 points in the paint. The Wildcats dished out 15 assists for their 27 baskets the entire game.

Jake Cohen led the Wildcats with 17 points, while De’Mon Brooks scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Kalinoski scored 15 points off the bench.

Davidson’s defense gave Appalachian State’s offense fits, especially in the first half. The Mountaineers shot just 21.4 percent (6-of-28) in the first half. It improved to 40 percent in the second half, but never got closer than 20 points (47-27).

“I was delighted with our performance from start to finish,” Davidson coach Bob McKillop said. “Our defense was very team oriented. We did a terrific job of talking and communicating. That was a big job of our game plan and our guys executed very well.”

Davidson, winners of four straight after falling to Georgia Southern on Jan. 14, was coming off a 79-74 victory over Western Carolina. The Wildcats led 44-31 at halftime of that game, but needed Nik Cochran to score 26 of his 32 points in the second half to keep the Catamounts from winning the game.

The Wildcats were determined not the let that happen again.

“We did a great job learning our lesson,” Cohen said. “We had a good halftime lead Thursday night we let (Western) come back. We wanted to focus on in halftime, we wanted to learn our lesson and not let them come back and stretch our lead.”

Appalachian State got 18 points from Baskin. He made 12-of-15 from the foul line, but just 3-of-11 from the field. Appalachian State made 21-of-30 from the foul line, but just 3-of-12 from the 3-point arc.

Appalachian State returns to the court Wednesday at College of Charleston. The Mountaineers come home Feb. 2 to host Western Carolina.



Davidson 79, Appalachian State 56

Davidson (13-7, 8-1)

Cohen 6-12 3-4 17, Brooks 5-9 6-7 16, Kuhlman 2-4 3-4 7, Cochran 1-2 0-0 3, Czerapowicz 4-9 2-2 13, Mejri -0-0 0-0 0, Archie II 1-1 0-0 2, Kalinoski 6-8 0-0 15, Tormey 0-1 0-0 0, Droney 1-5 2-2 4, Belford 1-1 0-0 2, Perkey 0-0 0-0 0, Mackay 0-0 0-0 0, Braham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-52 17-21 79.

Appalachian State (8-11, 4-4)

Obacha 0-0 0-2 0, Healy 5-12 2-2 13, Canty 2-12 4-7 8, Hamilton 2-7 0-0 4, Neal 2-5 0-0 0, Baskin 3-11 12-15 18, Burgess 1-4 0-0 3, Trice 1-2 3-4 6, Eaves 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-53 21-30 56.

Halftime score—Davidson 45, ASU 23. 3-point goals—Davidson 8-21 (Kalinoski 3-4, Czerapowicz 3-6, Cohen 2-5, Kuhlman 0-1, Brooks 0-2, Droney 0-3), ASU 3-12 (Trice 1-1, Healy 1-2, Burgess, Neal 0-1, Canty 0-2, Hamilton 0-2). Rebounds—Davidson 41 (Books 10), ASU 29 (Healy 8). Assists—Davidson 15 (Droney 7), ASU 5 (Canty, Burgess 2). Turnovers—Davidson 12, ASU 7. Total fouls—Davidson 21, ASU 18. Fouled out—None. Technical fouls—None. Att.—2,910.