Curry, Wildcats Fall To College Of Charleston

Sunday, March 8, 2009
Curry gets ready for his free throws as College of Charleston head coach Bobby Cremins throws up his arms.
Curry gets ready for his free throws as College of Charleston head coach Bobby Cremins throws up his arms.
- photo by Greg Davick

There will be no Stephen Curry at McKenzie Arena on Monday night.

Curry and the Davidson Wildcats fell to the College of Charleston in Sunday night's Southern Conference Tournament semi-final.

Davidson led 29-20 at halftime, but wound up losing 59-52 as All American Curry was only 5-18 from the field and 2-11 on three-point tries. He finished with 20.

Davidson Coach Bob McKillop said the Wildcats still deserve a bid to the NCAA Round of 64 on the strength of their 26 wins. He said the only losses were to four Top 25 teams and to three Southern Conference 20-game winners.

Bobby Crimmins, the colorful former Georgia Tech coach who now leads Charleston, said he hopes Davidson gets to go to the NCAA playoffs too.

He said, "What Bobby McKillop and Davidson have done for the Southern Conference is incredible. When people ask what conference we are in, I don't say the Southern Conference. I say the conference that Davidson is in."

He said Davidson had an amazing run in last year's Round of 64, coming close to knocking off Kansas.

Crimmins said beating Davidson was a great win, but he said Charleston has one more big task.

He said, "We could be playing Chattanooga on their home court in front of 10,000 fans, or we could be playing Samford, which is a very difficult team to play."

Crimmins said Davidson dominated the conference the last couple of years, but his team gained a lot of confidence after beating the Wildcats this year on their court.

"They may be a little tired," he said.

Curry seemed to be bothered by the defense from 6'7" Antwaine Wiggins, who has a 7'2" wingspan.

The game featured one technical foul near the end that almost let Davidson back in it. After making an outstanding block, Jeremy Simms glowered over the Davidson player and was whistled for taunting. Crimmins apologized afterwards. He said, "Jeremy is a great kid. He just got caught up in the moment."

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- Photo2 by Wes Schultz

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