Curry scores 37 in violence-marred loss

MEBANE, N.C. -- JamesOn Curry played through an injury to his off hand and a tough Burlington Cummings team to score 37 points (9-24 FG, 4-10 3FG, 15-18 FT) in a 91-79 losing effort Friday night marred by a postgame brawl between fans. Curry is now on the verge of becoming the state's all-time scoring leader.

Curry began the rivalry game with a hot shooting touch, making his first three shots from behind the arc en route to an 11-point first quarter. Cummings' defense began to throw multiple defenders at Curry as the half progressed, and he picked up a second foul early in the second quarter as well which limited his aggressiveness on defense.

After receiving a cut to his left hand that required extensive taping, his scoring production dropped off and he was forced to drive to the basket more, which was challenging in the face of a strong collapse defense and limited mobility in the injured hand.

"We don't think it will be a lasting problem, but in our opinion it definitely impacted his ballhandling ability. He insists it wasn't a problem, but the ball clearly slipped out of that hand far more than normal," Eastern Alamance coach John Moon commented after the game.

UNC assistant coach Joe Holladay was in attendance, and watched intently throughout the contest.

The postgame violence did not involve the players of either team, and moved outside after being broken up on the court by police. Coaches and players alike did not comment on the brawl.

Moon was focused on the mental failing his team demonstrated throughout the game, which was far closer than the score would indicate.

"They scored many points off of our failure to box out, especially on missed free throws. The off side guard failed to box out or pick up his man, and whether that was due to the high level of emotion in this game I don't know," Moon said.

Curry's 37 points leaves him 22 away from breaking the all-time North Carolina scoring record, a mark he is likely to achieve Tuesday at High Point Andrews.


Note: Anyone planning to attend Tuesday's game should plan to arrive early, as the gym is almost certain to be full to the fire code limit (as Eastern Alamance's was tonight). Inside Carolina will be there to bring you full coverage of the game.

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