Sunday, March 04, 2007

From Charlotte Observer

Observations Kevin Cary

• College of Charleston was the hometown team in Saturday's championship game, but the Cougars didn't have the advantage they did Friday night. More than 1,000 Davidson fans came down for the game, and the Charleston crowd wasn't as large or vocal as it was Friday night.

• Davidson is learning to adjust when point guard Jason Richards gets into foul trouble. Richards sat out the final 11 minutes of the first half with two fouls, but the Wildcats maintained a two-point lead.

• Davidson freshman Will Archambault is becoming a consistent player. He's 6-foot-6, but he's athletic enough to guard quick point guards. He's also an offensive threat -- hitting two 3-pointers in the first half.

• Charleston guard Dontaye Draper had 38 points Friday, but he had to work for his shots Saturday. Davidson often double teamed him when he got the ball, and 6-foot-6 Max Paulhus Gosselin used his 7-inch height advantage to block a Draper 3-pointer in the first half.

• Charleston found one soft spot in the Davidson defense. The Cougars hit four 3-pointers along the baseline, often after drives to the basket opened up shooters.

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