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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Davidson 76, St. Francis (NY) 69

By Kieran Darcy

NEW YORK -- A quick take on Davidson's 76-69 win over St. Francis (NY) in the consolation game of the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden.

WHAT IT MEANS: St. Francis goes a disappointing 0-2 in the hometown Holiday Festival, after getting pounded by Northwestern Monday night, and falls to 6-5 on the season. Davidson rebounds from a tough loss to St. John's Monday night, and ups its record to 6-5 on the season.

PERSONNEL CHANGE: St. Francis played without leading scorer and rebounder Akeem Bennett on Tuesday night -- Bennett committed a flagrant foul late in Monday's loss to Northwestern, and was ejected. Bennett, who is averaging 15.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, surely would have helped in this game.

FIRST HALF: Davidson led 33-28 at halftime, after shooting 12-for-23 (52.2 percent) from the field. St. Francis shot just 10-for-35 (28.6 percent) in the first half -- what kept the margin was so close was the Terriers' 11 offensive rebounds in the first 20 minutes, which led to 10 second-chance points.

MORE OF THE SAME: The game remained pretty tight in the second half. St. Francis actually took the lead briefly, 47-46, about midway through -- but that lead was erased on the very next possession by a Brendan McKillop trey. Davidson went on an 11-0 run, including that McKillop 3-ball, and never trailed again.

WHAT'S NEXT: St. Francis takes an eight-day Christmas break, before resuming play at home versus New Jersey Institute of Technology on Dec. 30. Davidson takes the same length of time off, before hosting St. Joseph's College of Maine.