WILMINGTON,NC (AP) — Keith Rendleman led four double-figure scorers with 19 points and North Carolina Wilmington defeated Hofstra 86-80 Saturday night.
Adam Smith added 18 points, K.K. Simmons 14 and Donte Morales 12 for the Seahawks (7-7, 3-1 Colonial Athletic Association), who are off to their best CAA start since 2005-06.
Rendleman was 7 of 10 from the field to lead a 52.8-percent shooting performance by UNC Wilmington (28 of 53). The Seahawks won their fourth straight and ended a seven-game losing streak against Hofstra.
The Seahawks committed 17 turnovers, leading to 27 Pride points, but held Hofstra to just eight assists.
Nathaniel Lester, who was 11 of 13 from the free-throw line, scored 23 points and Mike Moore had 22 to lead the Pride (6-10,0-4). Lester had 19 of his points in the second half.
Hofstra shot 39.4 percent from the field (26 of 66).
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Here’s more on the game from UNCW
WILMINGTON,NC (UNCW sports release) — Led by Keith Rendleman’s 19 points, UNCW, who placed four in double digit scoring, outpaced Hofstra, 86-80, in Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball action Saturday in Trask Coliseum.
The Seahawks, who extended their winning streak to four, evened their record at 7-7 and moved to 3-1 in conference play for the first time since the 2005-06 season. The Pride fell to 6-10 on the year and remained winless (0-4) in the CAA.
Freshmen guards Adam Smith and KK Simmons drained 18 and 14 markers, respectively while sophomore Donte Morales added 12 points of his own.
Hofstra was paced by its three seniors, with Nathaniel Lester leading the way with a double-double of a game-high 23 points and 12 rebounds. Mike Moore, who came into the game as the CAA’s leading scorer, poured in 22 points and Dwan McMillan added 11.
Despite totaling a season-high 44 points in the first stanza, UNCW was unable to shake Hofstra, and found itself only up by five, 48-43, with 16:27 to go in the contest. But the Seahawks rattled off an 11-0 spurt, keyed by Rendleman with six points, to break the game open, 59-43, with 13:08 left in regulation.
The Pride took an early lead in the contest, building a 5-point lead at 18-13 off a trey from junior Stevie Mejia at the 11:42 mark.
But then the Seahawks’ offense woke up, as back-to-back three-pointers by Smith and Morales gave UNCW the lead, 19-18, with 10:53 to play. The long bombs were part of a 9-0 Seahawk run which was capped by another Morales bucket at the 10:15 for a 22-18 advantage.
Later, the Seahawks used a 7-0 run to stretch their lead to as many as 10 when junior Matt Wilson put home two of his six points with 4:51 remaining in the first half to push UNCW’s lead to 38-28.
Coach Buzz Peterson’s team would maintain its advantage for the rest of the stanza, carrying a 44-37 advantage into the break. The 44-point outburst marked the most points the Seahawks had scored in a half all season.
The Seahawks would maintain their lead, never allowing the Pride to pull within eight until a short jumper from sophomore Stephen Nwaukoni cut the lead to six with only four seconds left on the clock.
UNCW continues conference play Thursday when it travels to Atlanta to take an upstart Georgia State program which has started the year 7-0 on its home court. Hofstra returns home to take on Northeastern on Wednesday.