Sunday, March 23, 2008

Hibbert's absence no help to Wildcats

Davidson got exactly what it wanted Sunday when 7-foot-2 Georgetown center Roy Hibbert was called for his second foul with 12 minutes, 41 seconds left in the first half.
Or so it seemed.
The Wildcats don’t have anybody nearly as tall or strong as Hibbert, so Davidson coach Bob McKillop had to be relieved to see him go to the bench and play just five first-half minutes.
Problem is, Georgetown didn’t miss Hibbert much. Vernon Macklin replaced Hibbert off the bench and scored eight points with three rebounds. He drew some of the loudest Georgetown applause of the first half when he both ends of a one-and-one at the free throw line with 8 minutes, 35 seconds remaining in the half.
Those were points the Hoyas weren’t counting on. Macklin entered the game 8-for-40 from the foul line.
Meanwhile, Davidson fans were still waiting at halftime for Stephen Curry to get loose for some baskets after scoring 40 against Gonzaga in a first-round game Friday. Curry missed four minutes of the first half because he fouled twice, and was just 2-for-8 from the field with five points at halftime.
-- Ken Tysiac