Draper's 38 Points Leads Cougars Over Mountaineers, 89-87 in OT
North Charleston, S.C. - Dontaye Draper scored a career-high 38 points, including eight in overtime, to defeat the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 89-87, in overtime of the final Quarterfinal match of the 2007 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament being held in the North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, S.C.
The Cougars (22-10) advance to face #1 Davidson in the Championship Game, Saturday, March 3rd at 6:00 p.m. It is the first appearance in the finals for the Cougars since the 2000 Championships. Both Appalachian State and the
Despite shooting 45.2 from the field in the first half, the Cougars trailed by most of it as the Mountaineers capitalized on 10 Cougar turnovers, posting 15 points off them. Appalachian State turned the ball over seven times, resulting in six CofC points. ASU shot 39.4 from the field.
Down 81-80 with 1:13 left in overtime, the Cougars scored seven unanswered points to take the 87-81 lead with 16 seconds to go. ASU nailed a three-pointer at the 12 second mark to cut the margin to one, but
Draper's team-leading 38 points is a College if Charleston Division I record for most points scored in a game and his eight three-pointers tied his career-high. Jermaine Johnson followed Draper with 11 points and 12 rebounds for his seventh career double-double.
Leading Appalachian State was Minter with 21 points. Demetrius Scott followed with 20 points. Clayton's nine rebounds also paced the team.
Curry Leads Davidson to 91-68 Win
North Charleston, S.C. - Stephen Curry scored 30 points, which included six three-pointers to break the freshman NCAA record for three-pointers with 113 total this season, to lead the Davidson Wildcats to the 91-68 win over the Furman Paladins in the Quarterfinals of the 2007 Southern Conference Tournament being held this week at the North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, S.C.
Davidson (28-4) advances to face the winner of the #3
Davidson took advantage in the first half as Furman struggled from the field, shooting only 23.8 percent from the field, to build a 15-point lead, 30-15, going into the locker room. The Wildcats shot 37.9 percent for the half. Furman trailed by only two, 14-12, with 11:32 to go but was outscored 16-3 down the stretch.
In the first half Davidson was three-for-12 from the three-point line, while Furman was two-for-nine. The Wildcats out-rebounded the Paladins, 26-15, as well.
Furman picked up its shooting percentage in the second half, hitting a 57.1 shooting percentage, but could not come back as Davidson remained hot from the floor, firing at 58.1 in the half, including a nine-for-16 effort from beyond the arc. Furman was seven-for-15 from long range.
Following Curry and his 30 points, was Jason Richards with 20. Boris Meno and Andrew Lovedale paced the Wildcats with seven rebounds. Furman was led by Eric Webb with his 16 points on the night. Moussa Diagne followed with 15. Robby Bostain and Diagne pulled down six rebounds each to lead the Paladins.
Furman shot 42.0 from the field for the game, compared to 48.3 for Davidson. The Wildcats out-rebounded the Paladins 38-31 and had eight turnovers, compared to 13 for the Paladins. Davidson was 21-for-28 from the free-throw line, while Furman was 17-for-24. For the game the Wildcats were 12-for-28 from three-point range and the Paladins were nine-for-24.