Sunday, March 23, 2008


Curry, Davidson come up big
Writer: Gene Menez
Game: Davidson-Georgetown
Post Time: 7:43 p.m., Sunday

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The final seconds ticked off the clock, the ball was flung in the air in joy and the Wildcats went, well, wild. As 10th-seeded Davidson celebrated its upset over second-seeded Georgetown on the RBC Center court in Raleigh, N.C., the star of the day -- and of the NCAA tournament -- Stephen Curry ran over to the corner of the court closest to his parents, smiled broadly and could only shrug his shoulders.

His body language said it all: I cannot explain what just happened. Perhaps the scoreboard said it best: DAVIDSON 74, GEORGETOWN 70.

After a dreadful first half in which the sharpshooting Curry missed six of eight shots, including four of five three-pointers, and the Wildcats trailed by 11, he had a second half for the ages against the Hoyas. Facing the nation's best field goal percentage defense, Curry scored 25 points and, just as importantly, had four key assists to help rally the Wildcats over the Big East regular-season champs and send Davidson into the Sweet 16.

His two biggest buckets in the half came with the score tied at 60 and less than four minutes left. First he scooped in a layup for a two-point lead and, after a defensive stop, he buried a deep three-pointer for a five-point lead with 2:55 left. The Wildcats would not trail again.

Curry finished with 30 points; no player had scored more than 27 against Georgetown this season.

"For the most part," Georgetown coach John Thompson said of Curry, "he had guys all over him, and the ball was going in."

Davidson, which has won an NCAA-best 24 straight, now faces No. 3 seed Wisconsin in a Sweet 16 game in Detroit.

After the game, Curry spent 45 minutes signing autographs, shaking hands and taking pictures with fans on the main level of the RBC Center. For more on Curry, check out next week's issue of Sports Illustrated.

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