Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Wildcats start slow, but pull away in 2nd half of exhibition game

From Davidson official website:

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Boris Meno led all scorers with 21 points and Jason Richards just missed a triple-double with 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists as the Davidson Wildcats defeated Lenoir-Rhyne 82-58 in their only exhibition contest of the 2007-08 season Wednesday evening at John M. Belk Arena.

Meno, a senior tri-captain from Paris, France, knocked down eight of his 10 attempts from the floor, went 4-of-5 from the line and grabbed seven boards in 25 minutes of action. The 6-8 forward also nailed one of Davidson’s seven buckets from long range, while recording a pair of blocks and steals.

Preseason Southern Conference Player of the Year Stephen Curry also finished in double figures for the Wildcats with 13 points.

Davidson torched the nets in the second half shooting 64.5 percent to conclude the evening with a 55.0 percent (33-60) clip. The Wildcats also drilled 5-of-9 from downtown in the final 20 minutes, but converted just 50.0 percent (9-18) of their attempts from the charity stripe in the contest.

Following a Josh Rudder free throw to cut the Davidson margin to 50-44 with 12:35 left, the Wildcats exploded with a 29-5 run capped off by four consecutive points from Meno to stretch their lead to the game’s largest, 79-49.

Like Davidson, the Bears bettered their shooting totals after intermission, but still finished with a percentage under 30 percent (18-62).

After Davidson jumped out to an 11-3 advantage following a Curry jumper, Lenoir-Rhyne responded with 11 unanswered to grab a 14-11 lead, its first of three in the opening period.

Trailing 26-24 with just under three minutes to play in the first stanza, the Wildcats’ closed on a 7-1 spurt sparked by a Jason Richards’ layup, to head into the break up, 31-27.

Despite committing 12 turnovers in the half, Davidson held the Bears’ to just 8-of-34 (23.5 percent) from the floor.

Rudder was the lone Lenoir-Ryhne player to score in double-digits compiling 11, which included 5-of-6 from the line.

Davidson will open its 2007-08 campaign Nov. 9, in an 8 p.m. tip-off with Emory University at John M. Belk Arena. The Eagles are coached by former Wildcat standouts Jason Zimmerman (1990-94) and Matt McKillop (2002-06), who are both in their first season as head and assistant coach, respectively. Lenoir-Rhyne will conclude its preseason slate with a 7:30 p.m. contest at top-ranked North Carolina Friday.

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