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Southern Conference Tournament Recaps

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Asheville, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - De'Mon Brooks poured in 26 points and 12 rebounds, and the top-seeded Davidson Wildcats cruised past the No. 8 seed Samford Bulldogs, 77-54, in quarterfinal-round action of the Southern Conference Tournament at U.S. Cellular Arena.

Reserves Jack Gibbs and Jordan Barham added 14 and 10 points, respectively, for the Wildcats (20-11), who are in search of their third straight SoCon title. They will await No. 5 seed Western Carolina in Sunday's semifinal round.

The Bulldogs (13-20) were unable to carry over the momentum from Friday's 14- point win over ninth-seeded Appalachian State. Jordan Capps had 14 points off the bench, but he was the only player in double figures for Samford as the team's starters combined to shoot just 33 percent from the floor.

It was all Davidson in the early going, as Brooks and Gibbs helped the Wildcats sprint out to a 28-8 lead. That duo combined to go 6-of-6 from the floor during that stretch, including four 3-pointers. Davidson eventually went into the break with a 42-26 halftime lead.

The Wildcats shot just 38.5 percent from the floor in the second stanza, but they effectively put the game away with an 11-0 spurt late in regulation as they led by as many as 25.

The win was the 13th in a row for Davidson, which held a 19-6 edge in points off turnovers for the game and outscored Samford at the foul line, 20-6.

Final Score: Western Carolina 66, Elon 64

Asheville, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Tawaski King registered a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Western Carolina Catamounts held on to defeat the Elon Phoenix, 66-64, in the second round of the 2014 Southern Conference Tournament at U.S. Cellular Center.

Also scoring in double figures for the fifth-seeded Catamounts (18-14) were Brandon Boggs and James Sinclair with 18 and 12 points, respectively, while they also combined to clear 15 rebounds to offset six collective turnovers.

Fourth-seeded Elon (18-14) was paced by Ryley Beaumont and his 16 points, to go along with a team-high eight rebounds, followed by Jack Isenbarger with 10 points in the setback.

The Phoenix, who led for the bulk of the first half and by as many as 11 in the final minutes, converted an even 50 percent from the field and 4-of-9 behind the 3-point line through the first 20 minutes in order to establish a 34-25 edge at the break.

In the second half Elon fell to only 37.9 percent from the floor and 1-of-10 on the perimeter, allowing WCU to fight back and take a late lead and the eventual two-point victory.

Western Carolina, which finished the outing with a mere 4-of-16 effort beyond the arc, will now be back in action on Sunday evening during the semifinals against Davidson which defeated Samford in the first game of the day, 77-54.

Final Score: Georgia Southern 62, Chattanooga 55

Asheville, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Tre Bussey scored 17 points as the seventh-seeded Georgia Southern Eagles knocked off the second-seeded Chattanooga Mocs 62-55 in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Tournament at U.S. Cellular Center.

Jelani Hewitt tacked on 12 points and Brian Holmes had 10 for Georgia Southern (15-18), which moves on to face either Wofford or The Citadel in the semifinals, depending on the outcome of that contest.

Z. Mason had a game-high 21 points and Casey Jones netted 12 for Chattanooga (18-14). Gee McGhee cleared 12 boards, but had only four points on 2-of-8 shooting.

The Mocs led 27-24 at halftime after limiting the Eagles to 36 percent shooting during the first half.

Georgia Southern erupted after halftime, sinking 50 percent from the floor and 12-of-14 at the free-throw line. Chattanooga couldn't keep pace, shooting only 41.7 percent and getting just six tries at the charity stripe.

The Eagles had a 15-6 scoring edge off of turnovers.

Final Score: Wofford 68, The Citadel 51

Asheville, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Karl Cochran netted 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the third-seeded Wofford Terriers easily handled the 11th- seeded Citadel Bulldogs, 68-51, in a quarterfinal matchup of the Southern Conference Tournament at U.S. Cellular Center.

Eric Garcia scored 19 points and dished out four assists for Wofford (18-12), which will advance to the semifinal round to play seventh-seeded Georgia Southern on Sunday. Lee Skinner and Jaylen Allen each contributed 10 points in the win.

Ashton Moore led all scorers in the contest with 24 points for The Citadel (7-26), adding four assists to his stat line. The Bulldogs connected on 38.6 percent of their shots from the floor in the loss, which ended a three-game win streak.

Wofford hit on 45.8 percent of its field goal tries in the first half, including 3-of-8 from 3-point range to take a slim 28-24 lead into the intermission. The Citadel hit just 36 percent of its shot attempts, but made 4-of-8 from 3-point distance and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line.

The Terriers exploded offensively in the second frame, netting 58.3 percent of their shots from the field, including 7-of-9 from deep and adding 5-of-7 from the charity stripe. The Bulldogs improved to 42.1 percent shooting in the period, but were outscored by 13 points thanks to Wofford's strong offensive attack.

Wofford led The Citadel in points off turnovers in the contest, 19-7, and outscored the Bulldogs from 3-point territory, 30-15. The Citadel won the battle from the free-throw line, 12-8.

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