WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The leftovers are already running out in your fridge, but they're always stocked up here at the Bread Restaurant. Personally, I recommend the cinnamon crunch bagel with hazelnut cream cheese, and perhaps a veggie grilled panini sandwich later. I'd better finish this Boubacar up before the lunch rush starts. "Houston Fancher, your order's ready at the counter. Houston?" Stephen Curry, Davidson.
He's not half-man, half-amazing
, he's about five-eighths amazing right now. Last night in the SoCon opener for both Davidson and Appalachian State, Curry scored off the opening tip, nailed four 3's in a row, and went on to blow away his career high of 32. All told, he scored 38 points on 14-for-27 shooting, including nine bombs. That's the fourth-highest
one-game total of the year, and Curry is now the nation's sixth-leading scorer at 26.
"He's unbelievable," said 6-8 senior Thomas Sander after the Wildcats' 71-60 win
. "From the first few seconds of the game to the end, not only offensively but defensively... he did a great job on the defensive glass as well, helping out his big guys."
I almost forgot, Curry had six boards too, the same amount that Sander did. Watching him, it's easy to forget that this guy is a sophomore. I had to put it in my notes twice and circle it and underline it -- he's only played a little over one year of college ball. He's one of those rare players who runs the floor like he owns it, a two-guard confident enough to shout directions and make coded hand-signals to teammates. He's one of the few who can stand in the deep corner, nodding his head and casting looks into the crowd while a play's going on, then snap into focus and run a picture-perfect stutter-step route that ends in a perfect drilled three from elbow extended. People say "he's a joy to watch" about a lot of ballplayers, but Curry is the kind of player that leaves you with a big, goofy smile for hours after the final buzzer.
But a mystery remains: Davidson's game notes have Curry listed as 6-3 now, up from 6-flat last year. Was this really a growth spurt, or did he gain three inches' worth of reputation over the summer? Ohio-Holy Cross.
Last night's game between the Bobcats and the Crusaders is one of those battles of early unbeatens that would have got me out of the house had I been home last night... but no fewer than four game recaps came over the comment line overnight, a testament to how many Ohio and Holy Cross fans this site's picked up over the years. I almost feel like I was there.Kyle Cruze
, a senior guard for Cross who's been a favorite around here for reasons beyond his name, won it with a buzzer-beating shot, and the Patriot League favorites are a perfect nickel-and-oh so far (it appears that Jim Calhoun's fears
were indeed founded). But even without Jerome Tillman, who was out for medical precautionary reasons, Ohio (2-1) led for most of the first half and held them close on the boards.
Also, a special Boubacar Bobcat bump for Justin Orr
, who was a key starter for Murray State two years ago when the Racers made their NCAA run but transferred out when the regime changed. He shot 7-for-10 last night on the way to an Ohio-high 18 points, and the 6-6'er has shot 60 percent on the season. He's the midsize scoring support the Bobcats were missing last year, and he'll be a key factor in the MAC race. The missing boxscore.
In the two hours between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, November 14, Prairie View A&M played a nonconference, non-D1 game against Schreiner University
. We know this game happened, and that PVAM won easily, 88-59. We even know some details of the game
, as provided by an Associated Press reporter at the scene. We even know that Prairie View led by 11 at halftime.
What we don't have is an actual boxscore -- no wire service carried it, no outlet posted it, and don't even try to rely on the Prairie View website
for it. Of the 952 completed contests so far this season, there is one gigantic gaping hole in my database
, and it is this game, control number #80603. Someone had to have taken stats, right? This is Division I, right? Aren't there NCAA rules about this?
We've done this whole SWAC sports information thing
to death in the past week, we won't go there again. But we need this boxscore in the name of completism, and we're putting out an open call for it.
The first person to send it over to us will receive a stuffed Bally, delivered in time for Christmas.
He'll even squeak when you bounce him, which is one squeak more than this game made on the national wires.UPDATE: The boxscore was on the SWAC's official site, and it's an unmitigated disaster. 300 minutes per side? [Thanks, Josh...]Do you have a nomination for tomorrow's Boubacar?