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Milson to miss next UNCW game due to father's death; Seahawks will host Charleston So. in BracketBusters

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- We have sad news to pass along concerning UNCW freshman guard Tanner Milson. His father passed away Monday morning after a year long battle with lung cancer. David Tanner was a non-smoker.

Tannner Milson will miss UNCW's game versus Georgia State Wednesday. His return date back to Wilmington is not known. Milson's father made several trips to Wilmington the last few months in order to watch him play basketball at Trask Coliseum. Here's an article the Dallas Morning News published on David Tanner.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/high-schools/boys-basketball-news/headl...

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The UNCW men’s basketball team will battle Charleston Southern of the Big South Conference on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Trask Coliseum as part of the 2011 ESPN BracketBusters Series. Tip-off time for the game will be 7 p.m.

The game is one of 12 contests involving Colonial Athletic Association teams.

On Friday, Feb. 18, VCU (18-5) travels to Wichita State (18-4) at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by Kent State (14-7) at Drexel (14-7) on ESPNU at 9 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 19, Hofstra (14-8) visits Wright State (14-9) for an 11 a.m. game on ESPNU and George Mason (17-5) heads to Northern Iowa (17-6) for a 7 p.m. contest on ESPN2. BracketBusters concludes on Sunday, Feb. 20 as Old Dominion (17-5) hosts Cleveland State (20-3) at 1 p.m. on either ESPN or ESPN2.

In other matchups involving CAA teams, James Madison hosts Miami (Ohio) at Noon on Saturday, Feb. 19, in a game that will be televised on ESPN3. Also in action on Feb. 19, Delaware visits Rider, Georgia State is at Louisiana Tech, Northeastern goes to UNC Asheville, Towson is at home against local rival Loyola (Md.) and William & Mary welcomes in-state foe Radford.

CSU was founded in 1964 as Baptist College. The two schools met 32 times from 1967-84 before the university’s name changed. UNCW leads the series by an 18-14 margin, including a 12-6 advantage in Wilmington.

Four of the last seven meetings between UNCW and CSU have been decided in overtime. The Buccaneers outlasted the Seahawks, 76-70, on March 3, 1984, in the last contest between the two schools.

The Buccaneers, coached by Barclay Radebaugh, are 12-11 overall and 6-5 in the Big South. CSU dropped its third game in four outings, 77-75, at High Point last Saturday. Senior guard Jamarco Warren leads three players in double figures with 16.8 ppg, followed by junior forward Kelvin Martin at 12.1 ppg and 9.0 rpg and sophomore point guard Jeremy Sexton at 10.1 ppg.

The clash with the Buccaneers marks the sixth BracketBusters appearance for the Seahawks, who stand 1-4 in the event. In previous years, UNCW has lost to Illinois-Chicago (72-57 on Feb. 21, 2004), UNC Greensboro (73-66 on Feb. 17, 2007) and Vermont (84-73 on Feb. 23, 2008) and defeated Elon (75-72, on Feb. 21, 2009). Last season, Radford handed the Seahawks a 76-68 loss on Feb. 20, 2010, in Radford, Va.

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