ASHEVILLE, N.C. --- South Division No. 1 seed Davidson rolled into the Southern Conference Basketball Championship title game with an 83-67 win over North No. 2 Elon Saturday night. It marks the first finals appearance for the Wildcats since winning the crown in 2008 in North Charleston, S.C.
Jake Cohen (24) and De'Mon Brooks (20) combined for 44 points for the Wildcats. Brooks had a team-high six rebounds. Chris Czerapowicz added 12.
Jack Isenbarger led Elon with 22 points. Lucas Troutman chipped in 18 points, while Ryley Beaumont grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
Davidson had a six-point lead coming out of halftime. Elon closed to within one point twice. It was 39-38 after Isenbarger's jumper at 18:13. Two Sebastian Koch free throws at 16:20 trimmed the Wildcats lead to 41-40. But a cold spell doomed the Phoenix.
Elon went without a field goal for more than 11 minutes of clock time. The Wildcats out-scored the Phoenix 27-9 during that span leading by as many as 20, 64-44, on Brooks' layup with 8:34 to play.
The lead was never less than 16 the rest of the way for Davidson. The Wildcats shot 51.9 percent (14-27) in pulling away from Elon, while limiting its opposition to 37.0 percent (10-27).
The Wildcats take on North No. 3 Western Carolina in Monday's championship game at 9 p.m. The game can be viewed on the ESPN2.