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Winning the Battle, Losing the War

By November 27, 2008

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Want to know how good Stephen Curry is?

He beat Loyola of Maryland this week -- without scoring a single point.

Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos was determined not to let Curry beat the Greyhounds. That, of course, is a valid concern -- Curry has been near-unstoppable this season and was averaging over 35 points and eight assists through Davidson's first five games. So Patsos rolled out an unconventional version of the old "triangle-and-two" junk defense... with two players double-teaming Curry from the moment he hit the floor.

Depending on your perspective, it worked. Curry was held to just three shots and did not score. Of course, the other four Davidson players spent the entire game dismantling Loyola's three-man zone, outscoring the Greyhounds by 30 en route to a 78-48 win.

Coach Patsos seemed oddly proud of his team's accomplishment, telling reporters:

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?
Frankly, coach, we probably weren't going to remember what Steph did against Loyola of Maryland anyway. But now we'll remember you as the genius who wanted to beat Curry more than he wanted to beat Davidson.

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