Bizarre. The nation's leading scorer, at 35 PPG going in, was held scoreless the other night against Loyola (Md.)
When I looked at the score on my phone when I was in the car heading home from the Detroit airport, I took a quick peek at the box score. I noticed Stephen Curry was on the bench and had 0 points on 0-3 shooting. I thought two things- either he was hurt, or Coach Bob McKillop was giving him a much needed rest against an unworthy opponent as the Cats were playing their second game in consecutive nights. I was hoping it was a game off, obviously because I don't want him hurt but he will eventually need them so that it's certain he's fresh for the tournament run.
I was wrong.
Loyola's coach wanted to 'contain' the impossible so he proceeded to put two guys on him the entire game. They weren't just on him though, they were draping him. Curry could barely get the ball, let alone get a shot off to score. He shot three times in 32 minutes!
Early in the game, once Curry realized what was happening, he would run to the corner and stand there and let his teammates take on Loyola 4-3. Davidson may not have the deepest team in the nation, but it's safe to say they are good enough, and with Bob drawing up the plays, to beat others when they have a man advantage. They ended up winning by thirty.
The quote after the game by the Coach of Loyola (Md.) was priceless as all he cared about was making sure Stephen Curry didn't get his patented 30 points, or any points for that matter.
"We had to play against an NBA player tonight. Anybody else ever hold him scoreless? I’m a history major. They’re going to remember that we held him scoreless or we lost by 30?”And that my friends is why Jimmy Patsos is the head coach at Loyola (Md.) Go Cats.