Five good minutes from Stephen Curry was enough to get No. 23 Davidson a 68-65 victory over West Virginia last night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The nation's leading scorer managed to make one of his first 13 three-point attempts before taking over the end of the game, scoring 13 of the Wildcats' last 15 points.
He finished with 27 points, 4.3 below his average, on 9-for-27 shooting, including 4-for-16 from three-point range. Many shots came from behind the NBA three-point line, which is 2 feet, 3 inches deeper than college basketball's line.
John Flowers spent the most time covering Curry, but most of the Mountaineers (6-2) got a chance - especially because West Virginia did an excellent job of switching when Curry tried to use a teammate as a screen, forcing him farther away from the basket.
When Curry connected with a little less than 5 minutes to play, he turned his back at midcourt and let his shoulders slump. The crowd was back on his side and he didn't let them down.
Da'Sean Butler had a career-high 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for West Virginia, while freshman Devin Ebanks had 13 points and 17 rebounds.
The Mountaineers finished with a 58-32 rebound advantage, 29-12 on the offensive end.
Andrew Lovedale added 15 points for Davidson (7-1).
West Virginia didn't have second-leading scorer Alex Ruoff, who injured his shoulder in its win over Cleveland State last week.
Davidson played without senior guard Max Paulhus Gosselin, the team's best defender, who was suspended for one game by the Southern Conference after he was charged with a flagrant foul in a weekend victory over North Carolina State.
In other games:
* At Ball State, Robbie Hummel scored 15 points and No. 14 Purdue (7-2) rolled, 68-39. JaJuan Johnson added 12 points for the Boilermakers. Anthony Newell led the Cardinals (4-4) with 11 points and eight rebounds.
* At Georgia, Albert Jackson scored the game-winning basket with 28.3 seconds remaining and grabbed a critical rebound with 0.5 left to help the Bulldogs (6-3) beat Virginia Tech, 67-66. A.D. Vassallo scored 23 points to lead the Hokies (5-4).
* West Virginia guard Jonnie West, son of NBA and Mountaineers great Jerry West, will be sidelined indefinitely with a broken bone in his left foot.
* Women's head coach Bruce Henderson, 47, of Division III Williamette University in Salem, Ore., collapsed at practice and later died from an apparent heart attack.
* Minnesota will play tonight against South Dakota State without guard Blake Hoffarber and forward Paul Carter, who bothare recovering from sprained ankles. *