College Hoops: Davidson finds win column on Sophomore Night

Feb. 20, 2013 @ 10:43 AM

With the regular season conference schedule out of the way, Davidson County Community College welcomed nonconference foe Guilford Technical Community College to Brinkley Gym Sunday for Sophomore Night. The second-year players went out on top, celebrating a 97-81 victory while all of the sophomores who played got in the scoring column.
The Titans — an NJCAA Division II school — hung with the Storm for the first 10 minutes, tying the score at 22-22 on Reggie Boyton’s 3-pointer. Davidson used a pair of runs before the half to build a comfortable 57-38 cushion.
Torian Showers broke the tie with a pair of free throws and Daniel Lawson got the pick and layup. Deon Platt interrupted with a bucket in the post, but the Storm scored on six more trips before the Titans answered again. Showers rifled in a 3 and was the recipient of a behind-the-head pass from Lawson for another basket. The sophomore stepped out behind the 3-point line for another trey to make it 34-24. A Lawson free throw and two Robert Story baskets completed a stretch of 14 straight DCCC points.
The 16-point margin held up over the next three minutes until the Storm smacked the Titans with another burst. This time the run was 11-2, putting the score at 55-32.
“First half we did a great job of creating offense off of our defense and played with energy,” said Storm coach Matt Ridge.
Easing off the gas a bit in the second half, the game got tense for a few moments as the Titans closed to within 10 and four minutes still to play. Corey Burnette eased the tension for the capacity crowd, slamming home an alley-oop and hitting the offensive glass for a putback.
“I did not think we played that well second half,” said Ridge. “We coasted to the win and did not have as much energy.”
Sean Deniton had a superb game for the Titans, connecting on 14 field goals and accumulating 34 points. Platt finished with 20.
Five Storm players hit double-figures in scoring. Jordan Robertson had 17, Showers 16, Brandon Brown 15, Story 14 and Burnette 10.
The Storm (21-7), will host Charis Prep Feb. 26.