Charleston, S.C. – Davidson's Nik Cochran scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures as the Wildcats earned their 10th straight win at McAlister Fieldhouse following a 72-57 victory on Saturday evening.
Joining Cochran in double figures were Chris Czerapowicz (14 points), Jake Cohen (13), JP Kuhlman (10) and Tyler Kalinoski (10). Davidson (19-7, 14-1 SoCon) closed out the contest by hitting 24-of-47 (51.1%) from the field and converting 8-of-18 (44.4%) from beyond the arc. The Wildcats managed 16-of-18 (88.9%) from the free throw line, taking advantage of 16 Citadel fouls.
Individually, Czerapowicz ignited the Wildcat offense by hitting 6-of-8 from the field and 2-of-3 from 3-point range. Meanwhile, Cochran registered team-high honors by knocking down 5-of-9 from the floor, including three from long distance, and finishing 5-for-5 from the free throw line. Davidson hauled in 23 rebounds led by the tandem of Tom Droney and Czerapowicz who climbed the glass for four each.
Citadel senior Mike Groselle finished with a game-high 21 points following a 10-of-14 outing from the floor. It marks the fifth game this season and third in conference play that Groselle has topped the 20-point plateau. P.J. Horgan added 10 points and a team-high 10 rebounds to notch his third career double-double. Marshall Harris III was the catalyst for the Bulldogs' offensive attack with seven assists.
The Citadel (6-19, 3-12) responded to a difficult shooting performance in the opening frame by knocking down 14-of-24 (58.3%) from the floor in the second half to finish 21-of-44 (47.7%) on the game. The Bulldogs returned to form from the free throw line, hitting 9-of-10 (90%) as a unit, highlighted by Horgan's 6-of-6 outing. The Cadets also finished with a 24-23 advantage on the glass which produced a 28-24 edge in points in the paint.
Facing a 37-20 deficit at the intermission, The Citadel opened the second half on a 9-4 run highlighted by six points from Groselle and a 3-pointer off the hand of Raemond Robinson.
Leading by 12 points at the 13:19 mark, Cohen followed a pair of Horgan free throws with a 3-pointer to give Davidson a 46-31 advantage. The Citadel refused to waver as Harris and Matt Van Scyoc followed with a series of 3-pointers to make for a 48-37 score just over a minute later.
Five points by Cochran highlighted a 9-3 Davidson run over the next 2:37 of the frame to push the lead to 56-40.
The Citadel continued to chip away at the Wildcats' lead with scores by Groselle and Janeil Jenkins in succession, trimming the margin to 59-47, but Davidson retaliated with eight unanswered points to push the lead to 67-47.
The Citadel closed the first half by hitting 7-of-20 (35%) from the field, converting only one 3-pointer in six attempts. The Bulldogs showed improvement from the free throw line following Thursday night's dismal performance by hitting 5-of-6 (83.3%) at the stripe. Another key came with a pair of offensive rebounds as the Cadets finished with a 3-0 edge in second chance points.
The inside tandem of Horgan and Groselle shared team-high scoring honors for The Citadel with eight points. Groselle knocked down 4-of-7 from the floor in the first half while Horgan finished 2-of-4 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. The two combined for five of the Dogs' 10 rebounds.
Davidson's highly effective offense knocked down 12-of-21 (57.1%) from the floor, including 4-of-5 (80%) from beyond the arc. The Wildcats finished 9-of-10 from the free throw line including a pair of 3-for-3 performances from Kuhlman and Cochran.
The Citadel stormed out to an early 8-0 lead behind six points from Groselle, forcing Davidson to spend its first timeout just 3:12 into the contest.
Czerapowicz drained a 3-pointer from the left wing for the first Davidson points only to see Robinson answer with a long distance shot for The Citadel, making for an 11-3 difference.
Trailing 13-9, following a pair of free throws by Horgan at the 12:57 mark, Davidson pieced together a 12-0 run that included five points from Kuhlman to move in front 21-13 with just over nine minutes remaining.
Groselle spun past the Davidson defense to end the 8:29 scoring drought for The Citadel offense as the margin was quickly sliced to six, 21-15.
Davidson responded with a 16-5 run over the final 5:15 of the first half, sparked by eight points from Cochran, to take a 37-20 lead into the locker room.
The Citadel returns to action on Feb. 20 when the Bulldogs head to Appalachian State for an 8 p.m. contest at the Holmes Center in Boone, N.C.