Friday, February 17, 2012

Heroic effort by Seth Curry was key for Duke

DURHAM -- One of the more important moments in Duke’s comeback against N.C. State on Thursday night came in the first half, just as the Wolfpack was building a commanding early lead.
Seth Curry went up for a loose ball and came down awkwardly. When he got up, he put weight on his ankle to see if he could continue.The grimace on his face suggested Curry’s return was far from certain.

“When he went out, I thought he was gone,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Jose (Fonseca), our trainer, was just telling me that Seth said, ‘Man, I don’t know if I can go,’ and Jose said, ‘You have to go.’ Seth said, ‘It hurts,’ and Jose said, ‘I’ll give you a shot.’”

Bolstered by the shot and a re-taping of his ankle, Curry returned to Duke’s 78-73 win over the Wolfpack, scoring 26 points to key Duke’s rally from a 20-point second half deficit. The Blue Devils junior scored 21 of those points in the second half, and Curry was at his best as Duke tightened the screws against the reeling Wolfpack.

Curry scored 14 of the Blue Devils’ 30 points during the stretch when Duke turned a 61-41 deficit into a 72-71 advantage.

“That was a heroic performance by Seth,” Krzyzewski said.

Matched up against Scott Wood for much of the Duke run, Curry was able to drive to the basket with impunity and score most of his points in the lane as Wood struggled to keep up defensively. Curry’s only 3-pointer during the stretch was a shot that brought the fifth-ranked Blue Devils (22-4, 9-2) within two, 71-69, with 3:18 remaining.

“I thought I had matchups where I could take them off the dribble, and I did just that,” Curry said.

The 26 points were a career-high for Curry. Through the combination of making all five of his free throws and having N.C. State’s Scott Wood miss three of his, Curry now leads the ACC in free-throw shooting, hitting 87.2 percent of his attempts on the season.

That’s not the conference race Curry is most interested in, of course.

By rallying against the Wolfpack, Duke is still in the midst of a three-team battle for the ACC regular season championship along with UNC and Florida State.

“We’ve got to win at home to (win the conference),” Curry said. “It would’ve hurt a lot of we had lost this game.”
--Jack Daly

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

FSU will win the ACC. UNC second. Duke third.

Anonymous said...

This Curry fell from the "ugly tree"...look at him. What a goon! I guess that's why he plays for Duke and not Davidson. Lol...

Anonymous said...

Yeah,thank goodness he's not a girl at davidson.Have you seen those ugly dogs roaming the davidson campus? Ruff Ruff!

Anonymous said...

The real question is have you seen the ugly Duke cheerleaders or the "Cameron Crazies" that were on ESPN? I know this article is about Seth Curry and Duke basketball, but man...no good looking people in the high school gym. Just sayin...

Anonymous said...

what a wiesely coward...running down people you don't even know 'cause your piece of garbage self can feel like a big man. And hiding behind anonymous....u people are truly pathetic

Anonymous said...

What a "tool"...the guy above and Seth...Lol....GO NOLES!

Anonymous said...

As a Triangle-area grad...I'll attest the Crazies do NOT represent what normal Duke girls look like. Lots of hot Tri Delts, Kappas, Pi Phis etc there. Honestly, the sororities at Dook are just as good as the lesser acaemic schools in the area (UNC, NCSU, App etc.)

Anonymous said...

Heroic efforts are made by firemen, not basketball players...

Anonymous said...

Do you mean it was a career high at Duke? Didn't Seth have several games above 26 while at Liberty? He was the nation's highest scoring freshman at Liberty before transferring.

Anonymous said...

Yeah I remember Seth put up 26 or 27 vs. UVA as a Liberty freshman. Had a few 30+ games that year.

Guy's only a junior, he and Dawkins still have plenty of time to set a new high.

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that was indeed an heroic effort by Seth Curry and it was crucial as you said for Duke, and I think the merit is all for Seth Curry