RALEIGH, N.C. — Stephen Curry looked tired. His soft, feathery shot was clanging off the rim. The slender, baby-faced sophomore seemed to be just another in a long line of stars bottled up by Georgetown's ferocious defense.
Davidson's run was certainly over. A good season was coming to a fitting end against one of college basketball's elite programs.
Then, as quick as Curry can get off a turnaround 3-pointer, the Wildcats staged a comeback.
Curry scored 25 of his 30 points in the second half and little Davidson rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit to stun No. 2 seed Georgetown 74-70 yesterday, sending the Wildcats to an improbable spot in the round of 16.
Davidson (28-6), which hadn't won an NCAA tournament game in 39 years before Friday, will face No. 3 seed Wisconsin in the Midwest Regional in Detroit.
"I'm numb right now," coach Bob McKillop said.
So is Georgetown (28-6), which was shooting 71 percent from the field early in the second half, had forced Curry to miss 10 of his first 12 shots and were in total command in its quest to make the Final Four for the second straight year.
But despite 14 points from Jessie Sapp, 12 from Jonathan Wallace and 63 percent shooting, Georgetown was undone by 20 turnovers — and Curry's brilliance.
The son of former NBA sharpshooter Dell Curry and the player the big schools didn't want took over, fueled by a partisan crowd just 160 miles from campus.
"I remember being in the huddle. I forget what timeout it was, but we were down 16," said Jason Richards, who had 20 points for the Wildcats. "And coach is asking us if we're having fun. We got smiling a little bit and we got our focus off where we were and we came out and got some great stops.
"And this kid started getting on fire again, like he did the other day, and when that happens, it's tough to stop him."
Curry scored 30 of his 40 points in the second half of Davidson's comeback win over Gonzaga in the first round, and put together a fitting encore against the Hoyas. Only this time he did it against the nation's stingiest defense. Georgetown came in allowing only 57.6 points per game and 37 percent shooting.
Villanova 84, Siena 72
TAMPA, Fla. — Scottie Reynolds scored 25 points and Corey Stokes added 20 as the 12th-seeded Wildcats beat tiny Siena to reach the round of 16 for the third time in four years.
Villanova (22-12), one of the last teams picked for the tournament field, advanced to play top-seeded Kansas (33-3) in the regional semifinals.
Alex Franklin led Siena (23-11) with 18 points, but the Saints didn't get the kind of performances they needed from Kenny Hasbrouck, Edwin Ubiles and Tay Fisher, who all played major roles in the team's 21-point upset of fourth-seeded Vanderbilt in the first round.
Hasbrouck had 17 points, but was only 5-of-15 from the field. Ubiles missed his first seven shots and finished 3-of-11 for 12 points, while Fisher was held to five points.
Texas 75, Miami 72
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A.J. Abrams calmly sank two free throws with 9.5 seconds remaining, giving the second-seeded Longhorns just enough margin to hold off Miami.
Abrams gave Texas a 74-69 lead, but the Longhorns weren't quite safe yet. Miami's Raymond Hicks made a 3-pointer, and D.J. Augustin then shot an air ball on his first of two free throws with 1.8 seconds to play. Augustin made the second, though, to preserve the win.
Abrams scored 26 points on six 3-pointers for the second consecutive game. Texas (30-6) advances to the regional semifinals to play third-seeded Stanford on Friday in Houston.
Jack McClinton scored 18 points for Miami (23-11).
Memphis 77, Mississippi State 74
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Joey Dorsey had 13 points, 12 rebounds, a season-high six blocks and an untold number of bumps and bruises, helping Memphis wins its ninth straight and advance to the round of 16 for the third straight year.
Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts added 17 points each for the Tigers (35-1), who will play fifth-seeded Michigan State (27-8) in the regional semifinals on Friday.
Jamont Gordon had 21 points and Ben Hansbrough 19 for eighth-seeded Mississippi State (23-11), which hasn't made it out of the first weekend since the 1996 team went to the Final Four.
Gordon's layup cut the Mississippi State deficit to 76-74 with 4.2 seconds left, but Douglas-Roberts made a free throw and Gordon's long jumper at the buzzer wasn't close.
Louisville 78, Oklahoma 48
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Earl Clark scored 14 points and Louisville handed Oklahoma its most-lopsided loss in the NCAA tournament, building a 44-22 halftime lead and coasting from there.
Louisville matched its biggest rout in the NCAA tournament, having trounced Kansas State by 30 in 1968. Starting five players born outside Kentucky, the third-seeded Cardinals (26-8) reached the round of 16 for the first time since 2005. They will take on Tennessee, which beat Butler 76-71 in overtime, on Thursday night in Charlotte, N.C.
David Godbold hit four 3s and finished with 15 points for sixth-seeded Oklahoma (23-12). Star freshman Blake Griffin was held without a shot for 12 minutes and had eight points.
Tennessee 76, Butler 71, OT
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — JaJuan Smith hit four straight free throws in the final 13.6 seconds of overtime and the Volunteers survived a game they nearly turned into a rout.
The Vols (31-4) scored six straight points inside after the Bulldogs took their first lead in the final 2 minutes of OT, including benched guard Ramar Smith's basket with 27 seconds left to make it 72-68. That after Tennessee led by 13 early in the game.
A.J. Graves led Butler (30-4) with 21 points on just 6-of-18 shooting. Mike Green added 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists before fouling out late in overtime.
It was the first time two teams with 30 wins played each other in the second round.
North Carolina 108, Arkansas 77
RALEIGH, N.C. — Wayne Ellington scored 20 points, Ty Lawson had 19 points and seven assists and the Tar Heels raced to a double-digit lead in the first 5 minutes of the blowout.
North Carolina (34-2) will face fourth-seeded Washington State on Thursday night in Charlotte, the same arena where they won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament last weekend.
The Tar Heels scored the first nine points, led 51-26 at halftime and shot 68 percent for the game. They became the first team to score 100 points in their first two NCAA games since Loyola Marymount did it against New Mexico State and Michigan in 1990.
Sonny Weems scored 19 for Arkansas (23-12), which never got closer than 21 after halftime.
Western Kentucky 72, San Diego 63
TAMPA, Fla. — Behind Courtney Lee's dazzling first-half performance and some clutch shooting down the stretch, the 12th-seeded Hilltoppers advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in 15 years and have a date with top-seeded UCLA in Phoenix.
Lee finished with 29 points, including a huge 3-pointer that gave his team the lead for good with 6:17 remaining. Six straight free throws in the final 34 seconds sealed the victory.
Tyrone Brazelton added 15 points for the Hilltoppers (29-6).
Gyno Pomare had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Toreros (22-14), who overcame a 15-point deficit in the second half before fading in the closing minutes.