Recap: Davidson vs. Appalachian St
Asheville, NC (Sports Network) - Jake Cohen scored 17 points as the top-seeded Davidson Wildcats rallied from a 13-point deficit to secure a 65-62 win over the fourth-seeded Appalachian State Mountaineers in the semifinals of the Southern Conference Tournament at U.S. Cellular Center.
De'Mon Brooks added 16 points, Tyler Kalinoski chipped in 11 off the bench and Chris Czerapowicz tacked on 10 for Davidson (25-7) which will take on the third-seed College of Charleston Cougars in the conference finals.
Nathan Healy had 14 points and seven rebounds, Jay Canty registered 13 points and seven boards as well while Mike Neal tacked on 13 points for Appalachian State (15-16).
In the first half the Mountaineers shot 59.1 percent from the field to take a 28-26 lead into the break. The Wildcats netted 40.7 percent of their field goal tries in the first period.
The Mountaineers stretched their lead to 13 points with 15:03 remaining by ripping off a 13-2 run to open up the second half. The Wildcats responded with a 13-2 run of their own to pull back within two points (43-41) midway through the half. There were four ties in the final 10 minutes and the last one was broken when Davidson pulled away in the final minutes with an 8-2 run to take a 65-59 lead with 25 seconds left. Tab Hamilton netted a 3-pointer on the Mountaineers' next possession and Nik Cochran missed the front end of a one- and-one to set up a final shot attempt for the Mountaineers. However Healy's last second 3-point attempt was off the mark giving the Wildcats the win.
Davidson shot 58.3 percent from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range, in the second half.Game Notes