Friday, March 21, 2008

Curry's singular performance a sight

I’ve seen a lot of NCAA tournament games, but I’ve seldom seen one player single-handedly carry his team the way Stephen Curry has in the second half with Davidson against Gonzaga today at the RBC Center.

Curry went into halftime with 10 points on seven field goal attempts – nice numbers, to be sure. Then he scored 22 points in the first 10 minutes, 15 seconds of the second half, getting baskets off steals and drives, but mostly on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers.

If there’s a better shooter in college basketball, I don’t know who he is. Gonzaga’s double-digit lead evaporated. Curry tied the game. And the Wildcats have a chance at a program-changing win.

Incidentally, I received complaints after the ACC tournament about the lack of replays shown on the scoreboard video screen last week at Bobcats Arena. As one fan explained, replay would confirm controversial refereeing most of the time. And when it didn’t , he wrote, the boos should rain down.

The RBC Center isn’t shying away from replay at the first-round opener. Yes, boos have rained down a couple times after questionable calls.

But a sweet Curry jumper is always worth a second look. So were the dunks by Virginia Tech’s Deron Washington against North Carolina and Duke’s DeMarcus Nelson against Clemson in the ACC semifinals.

But you only got to see those dunks once in Bobcats Arena.

– Ken Tysiac