Davidson Wins Back-to-Back SoCon Tournament Titles
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 03/03/2007
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Courtesy: Southern Conference

Curry, McKillop Carry Davidson to its Ninth Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Title


North Charleston, S.C. - Davidson College defeated College of Charleston 72-65 to win its ninth Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament title and the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.


Tournament MVP Stephen Curry led Davidson to its second-consecutive SoCon crown with a game-high 29 points. Boris Meno added a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds including a game-sealing dunk in the final 30 seconds of play. Jermaine Johnson and David Lawrence each had 13 points for the Cougars who fell before a North Charleston Coliseum record crowd of 8,009.


Davidson shot just 37 percent in the win, but 82 percent from the free-throw line with 20 points scored off of CofC’s 21 turnovers. The Cougars made good on 51 percent of their attempts from the field.


Davidson jumped out to a 7-3 lead to open the game before CofC scored nine-straight points to take a 12-7 lead six minutes into the contest. Davidson chipped away at the lead via a 9-0 run to briefly assume a six-point, 24-19 lead. However, the Wildcats couldn’t hold on to that advantage for long as the Cougars scored 11 of the next 13 points. Curry ended that run, scoring 10 of Davidson’s final 10 points of the half to give the ‘Cats a 37-35 at halftime.  


The ‘Cats extended their lead to seven, 42-35, in the opening minutes of the second half on five points from Meno and maintained that lead until CofC assembled a 12-3 run to briefly lay stake to the lead at 50-48 with 12:23 left the play.


The lead swapped hands three times with two ties over the next seven minutes until a three-point play from Meno gave Davidson a three-point, 62-59, advantage with 4:27 remaining. CofC clawed back within two on a Philip McCandies free throw inside the two-minute mark, but that was as close as the squad got before a backdoor cut and layup from Jason Richards reasserted Davidson’s control of the contest. Two free-throws from Meno, followed by his press-breaking dunk put DC up seven with 25 seconds left to guarantee the Wildcats the 2007 SoCon Tournament title.