6:00 PM ET, March 2, 2007
North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, South Carolina
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Stephen Curry scored 30 points and broke the NCAA freshman record for 3-pointers to lead Davidson to its record 28th victory, beating Furman 91-68 in the Southern Conference tournament semifinals Friday night.Curry finished with six 3s, giving 113 on the season, three better than former NCAA scoring champ Keydren Clark had his first season at St. Peter's.The Wildcats, at 28-4, also surpassed Davidson's victories mark set by Lefty Driesell's NCAA tournament club in 1968-69.Now, Wildcats coach Bob McKillop can go after one more Davidson distinction he shares with Driesell when the team tries for his fourth NCAA tournament trip. Driesell went to three NCAAs in nine seasons with the Wildcats.Top-seeded Davidson faces No. 3 seed College of Charleston in Saturday's final with the winner gaining the SoCon's automatic bid.Jason Richards had 20 points for the Wildcats, who have reached the championship game for the third time in six years.For all of Curry's outside accuracy, the game turned when Furman's senior and top-scorer, Moussa Diagne, was called for a technical foul midway through the first half after jawing with Davidson's Boris Meno.Diagne got his third foul moments later, spending the last 9:43 of the half on the bench.Diagne's loss had a chilling effect on his teammates, who did not score another basket in the half as Davidson took control with a 14-3 run.Richards and Bryant Barr had 5 points apiece during the charge, which left Davidson up 30-15 at the break.Little went right for the No. 5 seed Paladins (15-16) during that stretch. They missed all 10 of their shots, were 3 of 8 from the foul line and committed five of their six first-half turnovers.Diagne fouled out with six minutes left in the game and earned a second technical from official Ted Valentine while walking to the bench.Curry did in Furman in the second half, getting 25 of his 30 points -- and five of his six 3-pointers -- after the break. The freshman finished two shy of his career best, set last November in a loss to Michigan.Eric Webb led Furman with 16 points. Diagne finished with 15.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||29-60 (.483)||21-50 (.420)|
|3P Made-Attempted||12-28 (.429)||9-24 (.375)|
|FT Made-Attempted||21-28 (.750)||17-24 (.708)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||26 (0/0)|