Friday, January 04, 2008

From GA Southern official website

Davidson Jumps on Men's Basketball Early, Cruises to Victory

DAVIDSON, N.C. --- Davidson opened with a 21-3 run and never looked back to defeat Georgia Southern 92-67 Thursday night at Belk Arena.

Davidson improves to 5-6 overall and stays undefeated in the Southern Conference at 3-0. Georgia Southern drops to 9-4 and 2-1.

“They showed more of a sense of urgency from the opening tip both from an intensity standpoint and a physical standpoint,” said GSU head coach Jeff Price. “They could see it and they just got us down and kept on going. We didn’t have an answer for it.”

Davidson started with 11 straight points before Georgia Southern finally got on the board. Stephen Curry and Max Paulhus Gosselin combined for nine of those points.

Georgia Southern was held scoreless for the first 3:25 of the contest and went without a point for a period of 5:01 early in the game. The Eagles shot just 1-for-11 (.090) from the field and had six turnovers in the opening nine minutes.

“This is our third straight game to start slow,” said Price. “We missed a lot of shots and I thought our defense was poor early. We’re starting to have a pattern where when we’re missing shots we’re not defending well. We need to understand that if we’re not going to make shots we better get stops on the defensive end.”

GSU was able to close to within 14 (45-29) at the break, but Curry started the second half the same way he did the first with a 3-pointer on the Wildcats’ first possession. Curry had just seven points at halftime, but more than doubled that in the first three minutes with two treys and a jumper.

A Georgia Southern lay-up cut the margin again to 14 (53-39) at the 15:42 mark but Davidson answered with a 12-0 run and led by no fewer than 19 the rest of the way.

Curry paced all scorers with 24 points and added 10 rebounds and four assists. DC’s Thomas Sander added 18 points and Jason Richards had 16. The duo combined for 27 of their 34 points in the first half.

Georgia Southern junior Julian Allen (Waterbury, Conn.) recorded his second straight double-double with a career-high 21 points and 10 rebounds.

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