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Davidson 74, Charleston 55

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Junior forward De'Mon Brooks scored 24 points, and Davidson secured its fifth NCAA Tournament bid in eight years with a 74-55 victory over the College of Charleston in the championship game of the Southern Conference tournament on Monday at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C.

Brooks made nine of 14 field-goal attempts and grabbed eight rebounds for Davidson (26-7), which extended the nation's longest winning streak to 17 games. Senior guard J.P. Kuhlman added 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting, senior forward Jake Cohen scored 12, and senior guard Nik Cochran added 10 for the Wildcats, who won the conference tournament for the second year in a row.

Senior guard Andrew Lawrence scored 19 points for Charleston (24-10), which had won four in a row and six of seven. Sophomore forward Adjehi Baru had 11 points for the Cougars.

Davidson jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back, leading by as many as 12 in the opening half.

Kuhlman scored with one second remaining before halftime, giving the Wildcats a 35-26 lead at the break. The Cougars cut the deficit to six early in the second half, but the Wildcats pulled away late, staging a 13-2 run to go up 72-52 with 3:01 remaining.
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