Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Davidson defeats The Citadel: articles

New-look Wildcats rout Dogs
Davidson increases winning streak to 12

Davidson 79, The Citadel 54

DAVIDSON, N.C. - After absorbing a 79-54 loss to Davidson on Tuesday night, The Citadel basketball team discussed the topic in the locker room.

Is it possible that Davidson lost seven seniors from last year's Southern Conference championship team ... and got better?

"I think last year was somewhat of a better team, individually," Bulldogs guard Donny McLendon said. "But this team here plays better together. You have to take your hats off to them."

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Davidson scores in 3s
Wildcats fortify 12th straight win with 12 3s


DAVIDSON - Davidson players couldn't explain their shooting touch in their 79-54 win against The Citadel on Tuesday night.

Davidson made 12 3-pointers, including a sizzling 7-of-8 stretch, but the Wildcats couldn't give a reason for their success in their 12th straight win.

Maybe it came from the extra shooting practice of freshmen Stephen Curry and Will Archambault. They spent several minutes after practice each day firing up outside shots, and that work showed. They combined to hit eight 3-pointers, after shooting 30 percent from that range in their previous five games.

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Observations Davidson vs. Citadel
Kevin Cary

• Davidson struggled against the 2-3 zone early in the game. The Wildcats missed seven of their first nine shots, as The Citadel collapsed inside and forced them to fire from the outside.

• Davidson forward Thomas Sander plays aggressive, but that style created foul trouble for the second straight game. Sander sat out the final nine minutes of the first half.

• Davidson reserve forward Andrew Lovedale is one of the best rebounders in the Southern Conference. He plays only 18 minutes per game, but averages seven rebounds.

• The Citadel lost its first 14 conference games last season, but the Bulldogs have improved. They won three of their first six conference games this season, and showed why early in the first half with strong outside shooting and aggressive defense.

• Davidson redshirt freshman Stephen Rossiter doesn't play much, but he's efficient. He's 14-of-21 from the field this season and had a nice assist in the first half Tuesday.

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