Friday, February 22, 2008

Wildcats hold down Winthrop in BracketBusters, 60-47

Jason Richards scored 21 points and tallied five assists on national television as Davidson knocked off Winthrop 60-47 in the ESPNU Bracketbusters opener. The game featured a raucous crowd of 6,105 and the level of intensity was extremely high for forty minutes despite sub-40% field goal shooting from both teams.

"This game had a feel like a second-round NCAA Tournament game," said Winthrop coach Randy Peele. "Davidson is NCAA Tournament worthy. It felt like the second round because we played them on one day's prep. They have a very good basketball team."

Davidson coach Bob McKillop came into the press conference with the highest praise for his team defense. The Wildcats hassled the Eagles on every inbounds pass, forcing multiple turnovers. Max Paulhus Gosselin followed up his seven steal performance with three steals tonight.

"We've become a very good defensive team," McKillop said. "Max Paulhus Gosselin is the catalyst. He's like a Spiderman. He has a knack and passion to play defense. He sets the tone. And then at each position we can defend. Sander played great help defense. It was a collective effort."

Winthrop's defense was very good all night, holding Stephen Curry to 4-17 shooting and 12 points, his season-low. But at the end of the day, it was Davidson's defense that stole the show tonight. They held Winthrop to 47 total points and 15-50 shooting from the field.

"We feel good about the statement we made to the national media," McKillop said. "Steph Curry is a legitimate All-American candidate, but if he doesn't have an All-American game, we have the players to step up and take over."

Both coaches were asked in the postgame whether Winthrop and Davidson would meet after the Bracketbusters was over. Both coaches made very positive statements about the environment of tonight's game and the level of competition that has risen since the two teams last met over a decade ago.

Peele was very complimentary of the Cats afterwards, commenting on the play of Richards.

"Steph Curry is their most outstanding player," Peele said. "Jason Richards is their most valuable player."

Davidson has continued to raise their level of performance as the days roll closer to March. Tonight's performance was no exception. 17 straight and App State is next on the plate.


Anonymous said...

Great stuff....enjoyed your in game blog and your story. Hope you will become a writer someday. Your photos add to the story and I'm glad, unlike other blogs, you take your own and don't copy from other sites. It's nice to see something that isn't just a cut and paste story and photos.

Keep up the great work. Looking forward to following our stuff throughout the tournament.

WB said...
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Will Bryan said...

I appreciate your compliments anonymous, but no need to trash anyone else over here. All the Davidson bloggers are good friends of this one and we all appreciate and respect the effort that everyone puts in.

Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm looking forward to the tournament as much as you are.

Anonymous said...

Not sure from my post here, how you thought I was trashing. Didn't mean that at all. Just a lot of blogs, including Drucker, etc. are simply links to other stories and not original content.

As well, you always have fresh photos and inside perspective.