STATESBORO, Ga. The last time the Davidson Wildcats visited Georgia Southern’s Hanner Fieldhouse, they suffered their only Southern Conference loss of the 2012-13 season. This time around, despite 32 points by GSU’s Jelani Hewitt, Davidson had its way.
Brian Sullivan answered Hewitt with 25 points and Davidson cruised to an 88-73 win on Saturday afternoon.
Davidson (15-11, 11-1 SoCon) won its eighth straight and continued its dominance over the Eagles (11-16, 4-8), improving to 32-7 all time against GSU.
Davidson’s bench outscored the Eagles’ 20-9. Chris Czerapovicz put in extra time playing for De’Mon Brooks, who took a seat midway through the first half with early foul trouble.
“Chris played 23 minutes and got eight rebounds. He almost had a double-double in 23 minutes, which is pretty impressive,” Davidson coach Bob McKillup said.
The Eagles went on a 12-3 run to open the second half, including 10-straight points by Hewitt in a 2-minute span. Hewitt’s dominant run was stopped when he was whistled for consecutive fouls and had to sit, but he helped cut the Davidson lead to 49-44. Hewitt sat for only 2:09, but Davidson got 3s from Sullivan and Jack Gibbs, and by the time Hewitt checked back in and drilled another 3, Davidson led 59-50.
The Wildcats had an early 16-4 run including a pair of 3s by Sullivan, and about the only thing that went wrong for the Wildcats was the early foul trouble for Brooks, who sat the final 6 minutes, 24 seconds of the first half with two fouls and only 4 points.
Without Brooks on the floor the Eagles closed the gap. Hewit was fouled shooting from behind the arc and made all three freebies, but Davidson closed the half on a 17-7 run and took a 45-32 lead into the break.
“I think we made eight straight shots in the last six minutes to go on that run with De’Mon on the bench, and that was very significant for us,” McKillop said.
Brooks scored 13 points. Tom Droney scored 14.
Davidson is back in action on Monday at 7:05 p.m., against The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.
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