Thursday, January 03, 2008

Davidson goes 3-0 with 92-67 win over Georgia Southern

The Wildcats opened with an 11-0 run and never let up en route to a 92-67 conference win over Georgia Southern. Curry led all scorers with 24 points and scored his 1,000th point in a Wildcat uniform. Curry is the 38th Wildcat to score that many in a career.

"It feels great to get that, but I'm just more focused on what's next," Curry said afterward.

The Wildcats won the battle in the trenches with a 48-38 rebounding edge. Thomas Sander had a break-out game with 18 points and the Wildcats held Georgia Southern's star forward Louis Graham to only seven points. Davidson outscored the Eagles 38-30 with points in the paint.

"We hadn't been that emotional over the last few weeks. But Coach has been working us to be more emotional on the court which showed tonight," Sander said.

Gosselin echoed that sentiment. "We are all having fun now. That's why I came here, to have fun playing basketball. And that's what we're trying to do right now."

Gosselin finished with a season-high seven points, all of which came in the first half.

"We hit singles tonight which was great. We really needed what Sander gave us tonight. Richards and Curry gave us their usual performance, but Sander and Gosselin gave us a sense of urgency," said Coach McKillop.

Curry and Richards had their typical nights as both players finished with double-doubles. Curry's 10 rebounds matched a career-high that he set last year against Chattanooga. Richards' double-double was the seventh of his career. Curry overcame a 3-10 shooting performance in the first half to go 8-19 on the game. Davidson shot 47% from the field on the game.

"We are confident. We have played a tough schedule and we have learned a lot. We are trying to get our swagger back now in the conference," Curry said.

McKillop went with a new lineup tonight as he started Andrew Lovedale in place of senior forward Boris Meno. Meno responded by scoring seven points, while Lovedale had several great hustle plays despite only being credited with four rebounds.

The Wildcats had gone through a form of boot-camp in the days of practice after Christmas. The practices were meant to lift the energy of the team and get them having fun again.

"The fire was still there, but I wanted to spark it a little," McKillop said.

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