Sunday, March 23, 2008

From The Sports Network

Davidson and Georgetown square off in Raleigh
By Sports Network

The 10th-seeded Davidson Wildcats carry the nation's longest winning streak into the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where they will meet up with the second-seeded Georgetown Hoyas in the Midwest Regional in Raleigh. The survivor of this bout will meet Wisconsin in the Sweet 16.

The Wildcats began tourney play with a mild upset, as they outlasted seventh- seed Gonzaga, 82-76, in the first round on Friday. It was the first tournament victory since 1969 for Davidson, which extended its winning streak to a nation-best 23 games. Now at 6-10 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, the Wildcats are just one more upset away from reaching the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1969.

As for Georgetown, it took care of business in its first round game, as expected, posting a 66-47 triumph over 15th-seeded UMBC. The Hoyas have now won their last four NCAA Tournament first round games, as they improved to 45-21 all-time in this event, including a Final Four showing last season.

Georgetown and Davidson have met twice previously on the hardwood, with the Hoyas capturing both encounters.

Stephen Curry dropped in 40 points, including 30 in the second half, as Davidson overcame Gonzaga for an 82-76 win on Friday. Curry finished the game 8-of-10 from long range and recorded five steals, while Jason Richards had 15 points and nine helpers. Andrew Lovedale recorded a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Wildcats, who shot 49.1 percent from the field, including an 11-of-22 performance from three-point land. For the season, Curry ranks among the top scorers in the nation with an average of 25.5 ppg and he is also grabbing 4.7 rpg and shooting 45.0 percent from beyond the arc. The Southern Conference Player of the Year is also a solid defender, leading Davidson with 65 steals. Richards chips in with 12.7 ppg and he has been in charge of setting up Curry and the rest of his teammates, handing out a nation-high 8.0 apg. Overall, the Wildcats are scoring a hardy 78.8 ppg, while limiting their opponents to just 63.3 ppg.

Georgetown won the battle on the boards, 40-29, and held UMBC to a dismal 32.0 percent shooting effort from the field, as it captured a 66-47 win on Friday. The Hoyas made good on 51.0 percent of their attempts from the field and that helped compensate for 15 turnovers. Roy Hibbert and Jonathan Wallace scored 13 points apiece and they combined for 13 rebounds, while Austin Freeman and Patrick Ewing Jr. chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively. For the season, Hibbert tops the club in scoring with 13.6 ppg on a sizzling 60.5 percent shooting from the field. The 7-2 center also leads the squad in rebounding (6.5 rpg), as well as blocked shots (74). DaJuan Summers, who posted six points and five boards on Friday, checks in 11.2 ppg and 5.4 rpg for the season, and Wallace chips in with 10.7 ppg. The Hoyas as a team, have thrived at the defensive end of the court, where they are holding foes to a mere 57.6 ppg and only 36.6 percent shooting from the field.

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