Friday, December 14, 2007

From The Observer

Wildcats set Barr too high for Bulldogs
Sophomore guard scores 23 as Davidson snaps 3-game losing streak

DAVIDSON --Sometimes, Davidson guard Bryant Barr has that look.

It's a look that made teammate Stephen Curry chuckle after the Wildcats' 95-74 win against The Citadel on Thursday.

Curry couldn't help but grin after the performance of his roommate, who scored a career-high 23 points and hit six 3-pointers to help Davidson snap a three-game losing streak.

"He smiles a lot when he's going good," Curry said. "There's a certain pep in his step. It's pretty fun to watch."

That is, unless you play for The Citadel, which watched Barr scorch the Bulldogs for the second straight game. Barr had 21 points on seven 3-pointers against The Citadel last March.

Maybe the Bulldogs were confused by which sophomore shooting guard was the star. Curry might have contributed to that, getting cut in his mouth and sitting on the bench the final seven minutes of the first half.

Curry got seven stitches and had to change uniform numbers because of blood on his shirt.

He wore No. 25 in the second half, to which teammate Boris Meno joked, "What's up Falconi?" referring to graduated walk-on John Falconi, who wore the number last season.

The walk-on's number had a little life in it, because Curry had 13 points and six assists after halftime. But Barr made the biggest impact, hitting three 3-pointers in a 22-4 second-half run that gave Davidson a 72-53 lead with 11 minutes left.

"Sometimes my shot is on, sometimes it isn't," Barr said. "But I felt good in warm-ups today, and it went from there."

Barr had shown glimpses of his good shooting in Saturday's loss to UCLA, but the rest of the Wildcats (4-5, 2-0 Southern) still had a hangover from that defeat early Thursday. The Citadel (3-5, 0-2) hung with Davidson in the first half, hitting contested 3-pointers and not allowing Davidson to break away.

Davidson took over in the second half. The Citadel still hit outside shots -- the Bulldogs made 15 3-pointers in the game -- but Curry (20 points), point guard Jason Richards (21 points, nine assists) and Barr helped Davidson shake out of its slump.

"We know we constantly have that cloud over our head," Davidson coach Bob McKillop said of preseason expectations. "But we can't worry about what other people think. We just have to concern ourselves with getting better and playing to win."

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