Greenville, S.C. – Senior Clint Mann tallied a career-high 20 points to lead four Wildcats in double figures as Davidson battled past Furman, 81-73, in Southern Conference men's basketball action before a crowd of 2,459 Saturday on YP.com Court at Timmons Arena.
With the win, Davidson improved to 9-6 overall and remained undefeated in SoCon play at 4-0. Furman slipped to 3-11 overall and fell to 0-3 in the league with its sixth straight loss.
The Paladins, who matched Davidson by shooting 51.9% from the field in the first half, raced out to a 30-17 lead with four treys in the first 12 minutes and a breakaway jam from Charlie Reddick with 7:45 remaining in the opening period. Davidson answered with a 26-8 run as Mann, who scored 18 of his career-best 20 points in the first half, poured in 12 points over the final seven minutes of the period and drained two triples in the final 2:30 of the half to give the Wildcats a 43-38 halftime lead.
Furman started quickly in the second half with five straight points from Bobby Austin to knot the game at 43-43, and the lead changed hands four times in the first nine minutes of the period. After Colin Reddick put Furman in front 57-56 by converting in the paint and finishing a three-point play at the foul line with 12:47 left, Davidson held the Paladins to just one field goal over the next eight minutes while fashioning a 13-4 run to claim a 69-61 advantage.
The Paladins trimmed the Davidson lead back to six points, but Nik Cochran and Chris Czerapowicz each hit three-pointers in the final five minutes to push the Furman deficit to double digits as Davidson claimed its 15th victory in the last 16 series meetings.
Mann connected on 6-of-9 shots, including 2-of-3 beyond the arc, for his career-high 20 points while Cochran drained all three of his long range attempts to score 17 points. Jake Cohen and Czerapowicz added 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Wildcats.
Davidson shot 48.3% from the floor, made 10-of-23 three-point attempts and converted on 15-of-18 trips to the charity stripe. The Wildcats compiled a 34-30 edge on the glass and outscored Furman 18-6 in second chance points with the help of 11 offensive rebounds.
Colin Reddick finished 5-of-8 from the field and 8-of-9 at the foul line to tally a team-best 18 points for Furman. Freshman Larry Wideman totaled 13 points while fellow freshman Kendrec Ferrara added 10 points and a career-high eight rebounds.
The Paladins shot 48.1% and made 17-of-22 free throws, but connected on just 6-of-17 triples.
Davidson's 81 points were the most allowed by the Paladins since surrendering 85 points to UNCG in a 93-85 victory at Timmons Arena on February 4, 2012.
Furman returns to action on Monday when it hosts the Wofford Terriers in Timmons Arena at 7 p.m.
Tickets for Monday's game are available thru Ticketmaster at www.FurmanPaladins.com. Every ticket to a Furman men's and women's basketball home game is an All-Inclusive Ticket, allowing fans free, unlimited trips to the concession stand for hamburgers, hotdogs, Pizza Hut Pizza, nachos and soft drinks.
Each Paladin game will be aired live on 103.3 WOLT-FM and 96.3 WGOG-FM with Dan Scott providing play-by-play and Ron Smith handling color commentator duties.
Fans can follow live statistics of the game and listen to the live steaming broadcast thru Stretch Audio by logging onto www.FurmanPaladins.com.