Jan. 12, 2012
Davidson, N.C. - Jake Cohen led four Davidson players in double-figures with 26 points as the Southern Conference South-Division leading Wildcats led wire-to-wire to hand Western Carolina an 88-67 loss Thursday night at the Belk Arena.
Davidson (11-4, 5-0 SoCon) knocked down 10 3-pointers for 30 points while also recording 30 points from the free throw line on 30-of-38 shooting to pick-up the victory, its fourth-straight on the season.
Redshirt senior Harouna Mutombo led the Catamounts (8-9, 3-2 SoCon) with 17 points and eight rebounds while Brandon Boggs chipped in 14 points off the bench. Sophomore Tawaski King just missed a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds and freshman James Sinclair matched his career-high with eight points including four from the free throw line.
Needing just 13 points to reach 1,000 for his Davidson career, Cohen wasted little time in reaching the milestone by recording the Wildcats first 13 points as a part of a 16-to-9 start for the home squad. WCU's Trey Sumler converted a back-door, give-and-go pass from King into an easy lay-up to trim the Davidson lead to two, 18-16, midway through the opening half. However, it would prove to be as close as WCU would get the remainder of the game.
Davidson quickly stretched its first half advantage back to seven points. With the Catamounts back within five, 25-20, the Wildcats erupted for a 12-to-2 spurt to take a half-high lead of 15 points, 37-22, just inside the six minute mark.
Western Carolina was able to whittle the deficit back to within six points, 43-37, on a Boggs 3-pointer, but the Wildcats closed the opening stanza with six-straight points to lead by a dozen, 49-37, at the break.
Cohen had 18 points at intermission, matched by 12 from WCU's Mutombo.
In the second half, the Catamounts were only able to get within 11 points on two separate occasions, the second coming after senior Keaton Cole's second made 3-pointer of the game. Davidson responded with a decisive 15-to-2 run to push the lead over 20 points, taking a game-high advantage of 27 at the 7:26 mark en route to the 21-point victory.
Cohen was joined in double figure scoring by Chris Czerapowicz with 13 points, J.P. Kuhlman with 12, and Clint Mann with 11 in the win.
WCU held a 38-to-28 edge in points scored in the paint. There were just a combined 13 turnovers in the game with Davidson converting nine WCU miscues into 20 points while the Catamounts only managed to force four giveaways by the Wildcats, scoring four points off those turnovers. Rebounding was even at 42 apiece with WCU holding a 20-to-16 edge on the offensive glass.
Western Carolina returns home this Saturday, Jan. 14, as it hosts the Furman Paladins in SoCon play in the Ramsey Center. WCU also welcomes home former players as a part of its annual men's basketball alumni weekend. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 pm.