Thursday, January 15, 2009

Davidson's Curry On Second-half Swoon

Davidson's 83-68 victory over Elon in Belk Arena Wednesday night was pretty much decided by halftime, when the Wildcats led 46-24. Then it got ugly.

The Phoenix kept scrapping, and eventually outscored the home team 44-37 in the period, aided by fullcourt pressure that contributed to 13 second-half Davidson turnovers. Remember though, the game was the Wildcats' third in five days, and only the first of those at home.

Asked what lessons the team might have learned from the stumbling finish, guard Stephen Curry said, "Just to be killers. When we have that big lead, you have to figure out how to finish games and not have a letdown.

"So taking care of the ball and taking good shots on offense, and being focused and ready and alert on defense down the stretch, when you have a tendancy to kind of let up and just be casual and not have that same aggression you usually have in the first half.

"You have to keep that throughout the whole forty minutes."--Stan Olson