With Steph Curry on hand, Davidson star Jack Gibbs scores 41 vs. Charlotte

The best player in Davidson basketball history was on hand Tuesday night to watch another all-time Wildcat great do his best Steph Curry impression.

Jack Gibbs, a junior, and one of the best players in college hoops, put up a career-best 41 points against Charlotte — and did it on the road. All this with Curry just a few feet away, watching the Davidson maestro/combo guard slice up the 49ers. It was serendipitous, as Curry — the NBA’s most watchable player since Kobe Bryant in his prime — was able to swing by and watch his alma mater’s road game because (still, amazingly) undefeated Golden State has a game at the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.

It was a record-setting night in multiple fashions. Gibbs’ 41 put him in the top 10 all-time for Davidson scorers. (If you’re curious on Curry, who left school after his junior year, he’s seventh on the list at 1,661 points.)

The 109-74 victory for Bob McKillop’s team was also the biggest margin of victory (35 points) he’s had in his more-than-26 years with the program.

Afterward, two Davidson icons embraced.

Gibbs’ best game of his life included a perfect first half wherein he went 9 for 9, including cashing all three of his 3s. He finished 14-of-17. Incredible night, and how cool is it that he went off like this with Curry in the front row? Gotta believe that’s not all coincidence.

The next game for the Wildcats is a huge one: on the road at No. 9 North Carolina. But it’s not daunting. After all, Davidson went into Chapel Hll two years ago and took the Heels to OT. Gibbs was a bench player then, putting up just two points.

Jack Gibbs put up more points on Tuesday than he ever had before. (USATSI)


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