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Curry superb again as Davidson stuns Georgetown

Mar 23, 2008 - 11:16 PM
RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Stephen Curry was at it again Sunday.

Curry scored 25 of his 30 points in the second half to lead 10th-seeded Davidson to a 74-70 comeback victory over No. 2 Georgetown in the second round of the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Regional.

Jason Richards added 20 points and five assists for the Wildcats (27-6), who have not lost in 2008 - winning 24 in a row.

The Hoyas took a 38-27 advantage into the break and led by as many as 17 points early in the second half. But then Curry took over.

"There a great defensive team and they showed that for 40 minutes, but we hit some shots in the second half," Curry said.

"We didn't communicate as much as we did in the first half," Georgetown guard Jessie Sapp said of Curry. "He hit a couple shots early and then just heated up from there. It was hard to stop him but we tried.

The sophomore guard ignited a 14-4 run with a four-point play, which cut the deficit to 52-50.

"We let them get some big plays toward the end of the game when they were making that run," Hoyas forward Patrick Ewing Jr. said. "They tried to pick up the pressure on us a little bit and we had some turnovers and some not-so-good plays."

After Sapp's 3-pointer extended Georgetown's advantage to 57-52, Curry answered immediately with a 3-pointer of his own. Curry's layup gave Davidson its first lead since early in the first half at 59-58 with 4:40 remaining.

Curry, who scored 40 points in the first-round win over Gonzaga, did not stop there. He knocked down a spectacular driving layup and a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions to give the Wildcats a 65-60 advantage with 2:56 left.

Curry, who shot 8-of-22 from the floor, finished his afternoon by connecting on 5-of-6 free throws in the final 23 seconds to secure Davidson's "Sweet 16" bid.

The Wildcats will face third-seeded Wisconsin in the next round.

"It's kinda crazy," Curry said of going to the "Sweet 16." "Especially to be part of this team that has worked so hard to get to this point."

Battling through foul trouble most of the contest, Hoyas center Roy Hibbert managed just six points before fouling out with less than a minute to play.

"It played a major part," Sapp said of Hibbert's foul troubles. "We need the big guy down there. They did what they had to do to get him out of the game, and we had to work with what we had. We were doing good with that, but it didn't work out as well as we thought it would."

Sapp scored 14 points and Jonathan Wallace added 12 points for Georgetown (27-6), which committed 20 turnovers to Davidson's four.

"That's something we pride ourselves on, not turning the ball over," Richards said.