Curry becomes all-time state scoring leader

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- On a night when he surpassed the state's scoring record, the only number that mattered to North Carolina's new all-time leading scorer was Eastern's 1-0 standing in conference play. <br> <center><b>(<a target=new href=>Photo Gallery</a>)</b></center>

"The win, that 's it. The win," Curry said amongst a throng of well-wishers and press representatives after Eastern Alamance's 84-76 win over High Point Andrews.

The win, while important for the team's season, wasn't the focus of attention however. With 6:15 remaining in the 3rd quarter, Curry drove to his left from outside the three point arc to just shy of the left elbow and kissed a jumper off the backboard for the 2,759th point of his career, breaking Lawrence "Cotton" Clayton's all-time North Carolina state high school scoring record dating back to 1959.

The game was briefly stopped in order to recognize the moment and present Curry with two plaques commemorating the record, one of which he handed to his mother and one to his grandmother.

"At first when I was standing there," Curry said, "I felt like the spotlight was on me and that wasn't fair to my team[mates] and I pulled them in and said 'this wouldn't be possible without you guys. Let's go out and kick Andrews'--butt.'"

While much of the attention in the gym centered around Curry's record-breaking career, the game was actually a close and hard-fought contest. Each time Eastern Alamance seemed poised to break the game open, Andrews utilized a torrid spate of three-point shooting or increased defensive pressure to tighten up the game.

In a first for the season, Curry failed to get to the line until the 2:57 remaining mark of the fourth quarter, but his finishing run of 5-6 from the charity stripe helped overcome several late threes from Andrews to seal the victory.

Eastern Alamance's coach, John Moon, reflected after the game on Curry's play.

"He gets everybody's best shot every night, he get's everybody's mouth. He had 17 at the half, 24 in the second and ended with 41 and we're in first place. Last year at this time we were 1-6. This year we are 5-2, 1-0 in the conference."

Curry, who finished the game with 41 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists, made a point to honor the previous record holder when asked about his personal reaction to making history.

"I'd just like to thank Mr. Cotton for setting that mark and letting me reach for it. If it it wasn't for him, I could never get that record, I'd just like to thank him and everyone else," Curry said.

While the record may have come and gone, Curry and Eastern Alamance's season is far from over. Their next game is at the Register & Bee Holiday Shootout in Danville, Va. on Dec. 26 and then the heart of the conference schedule looms thereafter. Inside Carolina will have continued on-sight coverage throughout the season.

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