College Basketball

Davidson wins as Kalinowski wards off complacency

After taking a close victory over Charlotte on Wednesday, Davidson coach Bob McKillop preached about not having an emotional letdown in the Wildcats’ next game.

Tyler Kalinowski made sure that didn’t happen.

Kalinoski scored 17 of his game-high 25 points in the second half as Davidson dominated a cold-shooting Stetson team 90-59 on Saturday at Belk Arena.

Oskar Michelsen added 16 points and Brian Sullivan 14 points and eight assists for the Wildcats (6-1), who led by as many as 44 points late in the second half in winning their fourth straight game.

“One of the things coach harped on after the Charlotte game was not to get complacent,” Kalinoski said. “We can’t feel like we’re the best thing in the world because we’ve won five games.

“We had to get our energy up and keep it up the whole game, because (Stetson) wasn’t going to give it to us.”

Kalinoski hit seven 3-pointers – five of those in the second half – en route to equaling his career-best scoring game, set against Central Florida 10 days ago. It was also his third 20-point effort in Davidson’s past four games.

“His performance just gets better and better and better,” McKillop said of Kalinoski. “The guys were ready to compete today. We had a very emotional victory against a very tough team, and then play a team that has a 3-6 record. That’s an invitation for a trap.”

That didn’t happen against the Hatters (3-7).

Despite missing starting forward Jake Belford (foot injury), Davidson dominated inside against Stetson. The Wildcats, led by Nathan Ekwu’s 10 rebounds, enjoyed a 53-31 rebounding advantage and a 13-6 advantage in offensive rebounds.

Davidson also shot 51.4 percent (18 of 35) from the field in the first half, including 8 of 17 on 3-pointers, in building a 48-24 halftime lead. The Wildcats finished at 44.9 percent (31 of 69), and made a season-high 16 3-pointers.

It also helped that Stetson had trouble finding its range. The Hatters shot 25 percent (7 of 28) and made just 2 of 13 3-pointers in the first half. They finished with a season-low 32.2 percent (19 of 59) and made 7 of 31 3-pointers.

B.J. Glasford led Stetson with 15 points, while Kentwan Smith added 11.