With Charlotte 49ers/Davidson Wildcats just days away, we look back at Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and his performance against the Niners during his college career.
Curry only played the Charlotte 49ers twice while wearing a Davidson Wildcats uniform. And while he and his squad got the better of the Niners at Belk Gym in 2006, Charlotte took the Hornet’s Nest trophy back in 2007 in a memorable duel between Curry and Leemire Goldwire.
December 9, 2006: Davidson 79, Charlotte 51
It was all Wildcats in this one, but the Niners were able to “hold” Curry to “only” 17 points on 6-12 shooting from the field. He was the game’s leading scorer, though. The Niners committed 17 turnovers to just eight assists in this one as Davidson rolled to a 28-point laugher. Davidson would end up in the first round of the NCAA tournament; Charlotte missed out.
December 5, 2007: Charlotte 75, Davidson 68
It would be Curry’s second and last game against the Niners (the series would go into a brief hiatus after the season), and he made it a memorable one: 32 points, 9-19 shooting, 7-14 from three. But Goldwire was equal to the task: 34 points, 10-23 from the floor, 9-20 from downtown, one point short of the program’s record for points scored at Halton. (Ironically, Curry was a point shy of the record of points scored by an opponent in the building.)
The Wildcats would go all the way to the Elite Eight that season (Charlotte fell in the first round of the NIT), but the victory that night would prove one of the more memorable that season.
The Niners/Cats tilt will be the first of five men’s games being shown on WCCB-TV in Charlotte this year. App State on December 8, NC A&T on January 4 and a pair of C-USA games (FIU on February 1 and Senior Day against Old Dominion on March 2) are the other four. The women’s game against Southern Miss on February 8 will also be televised.
Calling the games are Ryan Rose and former NCAA head man Dave Odom. Odom (father of Niner assistant Ryan Odom) is a strong choice–coaching 12 seasons at Wake Forest and seven at South Carolina. With the Deacs, he went to eight NCAA tournaments (including three Sweet 16s and one Elite Eight) and from 1993-1997 coached a tall, talented but quiet player from the U.S. Virgin Islands by the name of Tim Duncan, who went to the NBA and has turned out quite well, we hear.