Davis' hot shooting leads UW-W
Warhawks roll to second round, hitting 69 percent from the floor
WHITEWATER, Wis. -- Chris Davis' 35 points on 15 of 18 shooting propelled UW-Whitewater to a 83-68 win against Northwestern (Minn.) in a Division III tournament game in Williams Center Friday night.
Davis, a senior center, hit a layup with 14:18 left in the first half for a 16-8 Whitewater lead. During the next seven minutes, Northwestern outscored UW-W 21-12 to take their first lead of the game at 29-28 at 7:34. The momentum shifted the other way with Whitewater scoring the next 11 points, capped off by an Alex Edmunds dunk to make the score 39-29 with 4:56 in the half.
The Warhawks' largest lead of the half came at 2:09 with UW-W in front 46-31. The teams went into the lockerroom with Whitewater leading 46-33.
Davis had 21 points in the first half, hitting 9 of 10 shots from the field. Sophomore guard Eric Bryson added 10. Junior guard Wade Chitwood led the Eagles with 12.
Whitewater shot 74 percent in the first half, including 6 of 10 from beyond the arc.
Whitewater maintained a double-figure lead the entire second half. UW-W's lead reached 20 with 9:45 left in the game, 67-47.
UW-W didn't cool off much in the second half, ending the game with a 69 percent mark for shots from the field. The Warhawks also put up a 31-17 rebound margin.
Davis ended with 35 points, including 4 of 6 on 3-point shots. Bryson added 16 points, with sophomore guard Cody Odegaard and senior forward Alex Edmunds contributing 10 each. Merg was the game leader with seven rebounds and five assists.
Northwestern was led by junior forward Tom Gisler's 22. Chitwood scored 15 and junior guard Lance Westberg had 12.