Curry scores 34 in easy win

MEBANE, N.C. -- On a night when UNC-bound JamesOn Curry's jump shot was falling, it was his court vision and Eastern Alamance's transition passing game that doomed an undermanned Cedar Ridge squad.

The 6-3 shooting guard finished the game with 34 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in the 69-47 win.

Curry, who was 7-for-10 from the field in the first half (including 3-of-4 from behind the arc), wowed the comparatively sparse crowd with a series of dribble penetration moves that resulted in layup opportunities for teammates. The second half featured more of the same, particularly in the open court.

"I think that in the second half particularly, we were able to force turnovers and rebound effectively which led to opportunities to get out and run. When you are able to get out and run, you get easier opportunities and in the second half we were able to convert," said Eastern Alamance coach John Moon after the game.

While the Eastern Alamance guards put on a display passing the basketball, the play that elicited the greatest response from onlookers was a one-bounce, one-step, one-handed slam in traffic from Curry. A proclivity to dunk in traffic hasn't been apparent this season, and it is something he is focusing on doing more of.

"My dad told me that I dunk it sometimes, and there is no reason not to dunk it all the time. He said I've got the hops to do it, and dunking rather than laying it in takes away the chance of a blocked shot and means I'm not as likely to hit the floor hard. When I dunk it, I've got something to hold on to," he said with a grin.

Cedar Ridge, while clearly undersized, does have a talented off guard in senior Derek Moore. Curry intermittently guarded Moore, and held him in check. It was his best positional defensive effort of the year, despite recording only one steal.

"We felt that Derek Moore is their backbone, is a very good player. He handles the ball well, shoots the ball well, so we rotated players on and off him all night long. He still played well, he led them tonight," Moon said.

The heart of the conference schedule lies ahead for Curry (who is eight points shy of 3,000 for his career), beginning with Friday's game at Graham. Inside Carolina will be there to bring you full coverage.

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