Postgame Interview (Windows Media Player)
Curry and Richards Lead Cats to Seventh Straight Win
It was Davidson’s seventh consecutive victory and 19th straight regular season league triumph as it improves to 11-6 overall and 9-0, while WCU falls to 5-12 and 1-6.
Curry scored 29 on 10-for-19 shooting and added seven rebounds, four assists and five steals, while Richards tallied 18 points on a 6-for-9 night and recorded eight assists and four boards. Bryant Barr netted nine points off the bench.
Brandon Giles led Western Carolina with 23 points, and Blake Gallagher added 12 points and eight rebounds. Jake Robinson scored 12 points off the bench.
The Wildcats struggled offensively early but used their scrappy defense to grind away until their shots started falling. And fall they did. Leading 11-10, Davidson used a 15-4 run to open a 26-14 cushion following a 3-pointer by Richards.
The ‘Cats then lit the fuse and exploded to score 16 points in the final 2:30 of the period. After Barr hit a 3-pointer from the wing, Curry got a steal and fed Max Paulhus Gosselin for an alley-oop dunk, and then the sophomore stole the inbounds pass and scored a layup as Davidson took a 36-16 lead. Richards and Curry nailed consecutive 3-pointers to finish the half, and the ‘Cats led 42-23 at the break.
The defense was once again excellent until the offense could get going. Davidson held Western Carolina (5-12, 1-6 SoCon) to 7-for-26 shooting in the first half and scored 12 points off nine turnovers.
Davidson blitzed the Catamounts in the opening minutes of the second half with a 15-4 run. Curry capped the stretch with a conventional 3-point play after he was fouled converting a layup on a fast break. That gave Davidson an insurmountable 57-27 cushion, its largest of the game, 4:37 into the frame. Western Carolina would not get closer than 15 points for the rest of the game.
Davidson is back in action in a 7:05 p.m. contest Thursday at The Citadel.
Game Notes: The Wildcats are in the midst of a three-game road trip… Davidson starts SoCon play with a 9-0 mark for the third straight season and fourth time under coach Bob McKillop… Davidson extended its regular-season conference win streak to 19 and has won by an average of 18.7 points a game during the run… The ‘Cats moved to 7-0 with Andrew Lovedale in the starting lineup… Curry scored in double figures for the 44th consecutive contest... He moved into third on Davidson's career 3-pointers chart.