Tuesday, November 27, 2007

From The Charlotte Observer

Curry proves one-man wrecking crew
Wildcats sophomore sticks ASU for 38

BOONE --Davidson sophomore Stephen Curry received handshakes and high-fives long after he led the Wildcats to a 71-60 Southern Conference win against Appalachian State Monday night.

Curry hit nine 3-pointers and scored a career-high 38 points, picking up his team every time the Wildcats started to wobble. Along the way, he silenced the Appalachian State students who harassed him.

Dell Curry, a former standout with the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, was known for his shooting, and his son showed the same kind of sizzle from the start Monday. Stephen Curry hit his first five shots, including four 3-pointers, and Davidson never trailed.

Curry showed an array of drives and deft moves around the basket. Curry said he didn't change his pregame routine, but he said once arriving at the Holmes Center, he could sense something special awaited.

"I just really felt comfortable at the shootaround," he said. "That got my confidence up before the game."

The sophomore saved his best shots for the second half, and helped the Wildcats withstand an Appalachian State rally.

The Mountaineers (3-3, 0-1) closed to 55-49 with eight minutes left. But after Bryant Barr hit a 3-pointer, Curry made two to cap a 9-0 run and push Davidson's lead to 15.

"It wasn't a surprise to see him shoot like that," Davidson coach Bob McKillop said. "But he did so many other things that were so valuable to us."

Curry's dad kidded him about the 27 shots attempts, but he admired his son's moxie on the court. Stephen Curry had six rebounds and four steals, as Davidson (3-2, 1-0) used double teams to frustrate the Mountaineers. Appalachian State had 17 turnovers and played out of sync all night.

That angered the Appalachian State student body, but they saved their biggest boos for Curry. He heard taunts about being a one-man team, his boyish looks, and his constant shooting, but after his 3-pointer pushed the Wildcats' lead to 15, one student shook his head.

"Just turn pro already," he said.

Curry's not ready for that, but he said he enjoyed his night, and hearing those sounds of silence.

"You could even hear them in warm-ups," he said. "They said some things that made me laugh. But you know if you hit some shots, that takes them out."

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