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Instant Analysis: Curry leads Davidson upset ... again

Originally Published: March 23, 2008
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

Editor's note: ESPN.com's Heather Dinich provides instant analysis from No. 10 seed Davidson's 74-70 win over No. 2 seed Georgetown in their second-round matchup.

RALEIGH, N.C. -- With a little March magic and a little guard named Stephen Curry, Davidson knocked off Georgetown.

Curry did it again. After being shut down in the first half, he hit his hot streak in the second, and his 30 points propelled 10th-seeded Davidson into the Sweet 16 with a 74-70 win over Georgetown. The Wildcats overcame foul trouble and a poor first-half shooting performance with gritty defense and another spectacular comeback by Curry. Thomas Sander, who fouled out, and Andrew Lovedale took turns guarding 7-foot-2 Hoyas center Roy Hibbert. The Cats also won the game by making free throws down the stretch.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Curry. He scored 25 points in 14 minutes -- all in the second half, of course. Oh, and he was playing with four fouls. Curry sank 5 of 6 free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the deal for the Wildcats. Don't forget his assists, either. He found Lovedale at the right times.

STAT OF THE GAME: 16 -- number of minutes Hibbert played. Three players -- Hibbert, Curry and Sander -- played long stretches with four fouls.

STAT OF THE GAME II: 10 of 11 -- free throws made by Davidson in the final 7:13. Eight of those attempts were by Curry.

TURNING POINT: Hibbert picked up his fourth foul at the 11:37 mark in the second half after getting tangled up with Sander under the basket. The call elicited an angry roar from Hoyas fans, and Hibbert returned to the bench. Meanwhile, Davidson was working on cutting a 17-point deficit, and the momentum in the arena shifted.

TURNING POINT II: After trailing by as many as 17 and getting flat-out outplayed for most of the game, Davidson finally turned it on. Trailing 50-39, the Cats scored nine unanswered points, and the Carolina crowd roared. During that stretch, Curry made an impressive cross-court assist to Lovedale, then scored the next basket on his own -- a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to four.

WHAT IT MEANS: Davidson is making its first trip to the Sweet 16 since 1969, when Lefty Driesell led the Wildcats to the East Regional finals before they fell to North Carolina. This time, they'll face Wisconsin.

First-half analysis: G'town 38, Davidson 27


TURNING POINT: Austin Freeman's 3-pointer with 3:07 remaining capped a 7-0 Georgetown run that put the Hoyas ahead 37-23, their largest lead of the game to that point. Davidson made just one field goal in the final 6 minutes.

PLAYER OF THE HALF: If you're wondering what happened to Stephen Curry, ask Jeremiah Rivers. He's been hiding him. Rivers obviously wasn't the only defender covering Curry, but he was the best. Even when Curry was able to scurry around a screen or get away from Rivers for a fleeting moment, the Wildcat ran into another Hoyas defender.

STAT OF THE HALF: 5 -- number of minutes played by Georgetown center Roy Hibbert, who picked up two quick fouls.

STAT OF THE HALF II: 5 -- number of points scored by Curry, who is averaging 25.5 points per game this season. Maybe he's a second-half kind of guy.

TIME IN: Georgetown coach John Thompson III's request for a timeout around the four-minute mark went ignored. No matter. Vernon Macklin's hook shot made up for it and gave the Hoyas a 34-23 lead -- and finally a timeout.

MACK MAN: Hoyas fans knew to cheer for Macklin's free throws. After all, he came into the game having made just 8 of 40 this season. He made 4 of 6 in the first half.

FREQUENT FOULERS: Forward Andrew Lovedale picked up two quick fouls in the first 3:03 of the game -- not a good start for one of the few players on Davidson's roster who could help counter Georgetown's size. Speaking of size … Hibbert, the Hoyas' 7-foot-2 center also was charged with two early fouls and took a seat after his second with about 13 minutes still to play. By halftime, eight players already had two fouls -- including Curry.

CURRY COUNT: Curry, who scored 30 of his 40 points in the second half against Gonzaga on Friday, started the game 0-of-4 from the field and didn't get much more production beyond that. He shot 2-for-8 in the half, including just 1-for-5 from 3-point range.

DOWN IN FRONT: Early in the first half, the Georgetown bench got a verbal warning from one of the officials to get back in its collective box. "Guys, sit," official Paul Janssen said. "Sit down down here, please!"

Heather Dinich is a college football and basketball writer for ESPN.com. Send your questions and comments to Heather at espn.hd@hotmail.com.

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