Saturday, March 08, 2008

Thoughts and quotes from Davidson vs. Wofford (82-49)

Davidson rolled over the eighth-seeded Wofford Terriers in convincing fashion on Saturday afternoon. The win was uncharted territory for a Davidson team that has historically struggled in the first halves of tournament quarterfinal games against teams that already have a game under their belt.

The Wildcats were led by sophomores Stephen Curry and Bryant Barr who combined to shoot 10-18 beyond the three-point arc. The roommates accounted for 36 of Davidson's 82 points.

Andrew Lovedale and Boris Meno were stout in the interior as they held yesterday's star Noah Dahlman to 3-6 shooting, while corralling 18 boards between them. Davidson outrebounded Wofford 50-36.

The Wildcats never let Wofford see one ounce of daylight from the opening tip to Nelms' final basket.

"I'm thrilled with our consistency," Coach McKillop said. "I'm particularly impressed with how we played 40 minutes from top to bottom on the roster."

Despite having all of the pressure of a Top 25 ranking and 20-0 mark in conference, the Wildcats were extremely loose and having plenty of fun on the court.

"Our coaches kept us ready to play all week at practice," Stephen Curry said. "We've been taking it one step at a time all year. This is no different."

From Nelms big buckets to rebounds from Rossiter to jumpers from Archambault to threes from Barr and Curry to drives from Richards and defensive stops by Lovedale and Gosselin, the Wildcat machine was well-oiled at every turn and never let up or got bored with their success.

"We stuck with our Davidson system," said Jason Richards. "We played strong, our bench played well, and we never left the system. And our fans were phenomenal. We owe so much to them. We look forward to getting even more of them down here tomorrow."

Davidson featured the second-largest fan showing so far this tournament and certainly took the cake for decibel level and intensity.

Davidson will tip off tomorrow evening against the winner of Appalachian State and UNC-Greensboro.

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