DAVIDSON, NC -
Greenville, S.C. (Furman University) – Davidson connected on 11 three-point attempts on the night and used a 14-4 second half run to down Furman, 65-50, in Southern Conference men’s basketball action on Saturday night at Belk Arena.
With the victory, Davidson improved to 14-11 overall and 10-1 in the SoCon. Furman slipped to 7-16 overall and 1-9 in the league.
After a 6-0 run pulled the Paladins to within 40-33 on Keith Belfield’s free throws with 15:25 to play, the Wildcats forced Furman into five consecutive turnovers and scored eight straight points as part of a 14-4 spurt to open up a 54-37 lead when Tyler Kalinoski drained his second straight three-pointer with 8:14 remaining.
Kalinoski paced the Wildcats with 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting behind the arc while Brian Sullivan connected on 3-of-8 treys to score 13 points. Tom Droney, who buried three first half triples, and Chris Czerapowicz rounded out Davidson’s double figure scorers with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Wildcats shot 43.8% from the floor, including 11-for-29 from long range. Davidson forced 19 turnovers and compiled a 32-22 edge on the boards.
A pair of Droney three-pointers guided Davidson to a quick 12-4 lead in the first half, but Furman trimmed the margin to 22-20 when Stephen Croone hit a trey from the left wing and completed the three-point play at the foul line with 3:18 left in the period. Kalinoski’s three started a 10-3 run to end the half that sent the Wildcats into the locker room up 32-23. Davidson built a 12-point cushion prior to the 6-0 spurt that pulled Furman within seven with under 15:30 left.
The Paladins shot 43.6% from the field and made 4-of-7 threes. Croone tallied a game-high 17 points while Adonis Rwabigwi netted 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting. Senior Charlie Reddick registered a career-best six steals.
Furman continues its stretch of four games in eight days when it travels to Cullowhee, N.C., to face Western Carolina on Monday at 7 p.m. The game will air live on CSS, ESPN3 and the ESPN Full Court package.
Monday’s game can be heard live on WGOG FM 96.3, Fox Sports 1440 AM and through StretchAudio at www.FurmanPaladins.com. Fans can access live updates on Twitter by following @FurmanHoops.