Buzz Peterson gets tossed from Trask Coliseum; Dragons slay Seahawks

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Submitted: Sun, 01/15/2012 - 2:50am
Updated: Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:30am

WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — Buzz Peterson was ejected from the UNCW-Drexel basketball game on Saturday night after receiving two technicals in a two second span. This is only the second career ejection for Buzz Peterson. His first occurred during his tenure at Tennessee on the road against the South Carolina Gamecocks. Due to a CAA rule Buzz Peterson will not be allowed to coach in UNCW’s next game. We understand UNCW plans to appeal on behalf of the Seahawk head coach.

Note: If you’d like to see coach Peterson’s technicals check out Sunday’s Coach’s Corner on WWAY. We’ll show you the play that led to the quick hook. We’ll also show official Earl Robinson giving Buzz Peterson orders for the nearest exit. On top of that we have coach Peterson’s reaction to the dismissal, along with reaction from Drexel head coach Bruiser Flint. The Coach’s Corner will air at 6pm on WWAY.

WILMINGTON,NC (UNCW sports release) — Streaking Drexel held UNCW to one field goal over the final nine minutes of the first half and then got hot from long range early in the second period to cruise past the Seahawks, 79-57, in a Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball game Saturday night at Trask Coliseum.

The Dragons won for the 10th time in 11 outings to improve to 12-5 overall and 4-2 in the CAA. UNCW dropped its second straight to dip to 7-9 and 3-3.

Derrick Thomas paced Drexel, which snapped a two-game losing streak to the Seahawks, with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-4 from behind the 3-point line. Samme Givens and Damion Lee added 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Junior forward Keith Rendleman led the Seahawks for the ninth time this season with a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds. Adam Smith chipped in 14 points off the bench and KK Simmons added 12.

After racing out to a 37-23 halftime lead, Drexel connected on five of its first seven field goal attempts to open the second half, with Thomas scoring eight straight points, to increase the margin to 48-27 at 15:51.
Drexel still led, 53-34, at 13:16 when UNCW head coach Buzz Peterson was ejected from the contest. Damion Lee converted all four free throws to extend the lead to 57-34. Drexel later enjoyed its largest lead, 9-35, on a layup by Kazembe Abif with 1:13 showing.

The Seahawks managed to slice the deficit to 61-47 on a pair of back-to-back triples by Simmons. A bomb from Simmons in front of the Seahawk bench brought the Seahawks within 14 points with 9:24 remaining.

But the Dragons responded with six consecutive points, capped by a Daryl McCoy slam, to get the margin back to 67-47 and were never threatened down the stretch.

Drexel built a 37-23 halftime lead by cranking up the defense and taking advantage of UNCW’s early turnover difficulties. After Rendleman staked the Seahawks to a 20-18 edge with a putback of his own shot at 5:35, the Dragons reeled off 10 unanswered to pull ahead, 28-20.

Chris Fouch drained a three-pointer on the wing to start the run, Frantz Massenat added a trey from the top of the key and Givens tossed in a pair of free throws and connected on a turnaround jumper in the paint at 2:51 to complete the spurt.

Drexel outscored UNCW, 19-3, over the final 5:13 of the first half behind 12 points from Samme Givens. The Dragons scored 11 points off nine UNCW turnovers and outrebounded the Seahawks, 19-13, in the opening period.
Rendleman got the Seahawks rolling early, scoring seven of the team’s first 10 points, to give UNCW a 10-6 lead at 14:48. The Iron Station, N.C., product finished the first half with 11 points and seven rebounds for the Seahawks.

The Seahawks close out a two-game homestand on Wednesday when James Madison visits Trask Coliseum for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The Dragons complete a two-game road trip on Wednesday when Bruiser Flint’s club travels to former America East rival Hofstra for a 7 p.m. start.


  • Loyal Fan says:

    For half a million dollars I expect the coach to protect the integrity of the UNCW Athletic program and its players. Coach Peterson always conducts himself in a manner becoming to our University but when an over zealous basketball official tries to bully himself into notoriety, I appreciate Coach Buzz speaking up! The official should have walked away after he made the first tehcnical foul. It would be like slapping someone in the face and then getting in his face and dare him to respond. I think the players need to know that their Coach will speak up when he feels they are put at a disadvantage with the other players. If you think your contributions will control a coach, you probably should take your contribution elsewhere. Most real Seahawks fans wont care! You obviously havent watched this fine coach refrain himself from being critical of the officials in previous games. But….enough is enough! Thanks Coach Buzz for your passion for the game and for your loyalty to your players. Go Coach Buzz and Go Hawks!

  • Guestjdff says:

    Who are you kidding?? You make 35k a year and get back almost every penny you pay in taxes and the only donation you’ve ever made to UNCW was buying a hot dog and a small coke at a game someone gave you free tickets for.

  • deputy 25 says:

    that is just plain ole good coaching. what do you expect him to do, sit over on the sidelines with a little flower in his coat pocket and beg the refs with a please sir attitude to make sure they call fouls and do the calls right?? take your little change and your cronies and go to some sugar coated university that has sissy’s for coaches. we dont care. we wont miss you or your dough!!

  • Guestexpectsbetter says:

    for half a million dollars a year in salary, I expect better of this coach and ANYONE who represents the University that my donations and my tax dollars support. He should be fined by the school itself and publicly apologize and the school should absolutely not appeal this and they would NEVER come to the aid of a professor in this manner. It is appalling. Happens again and they will lose another donor. The school keeps on defending this behavior and I will take donors with me. Period.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    do you apply those same standards to all Coaches?

    Would those standards apply to Coach K @ Duke, Coach Williams @ UNC or former Coach Dean Smith, now retired from UNC?

    Would standards apply to a female head coach who ran a training camp last season in which one player was overworked so severely she was sick to her stomach and an assistant coach was sent packing?

    Sometimes a Coach has to raise the bar to communicate with his team.

    The Coach raised the bar. He did not throw a seat; he did not shove a player.

    Frankly, if he achieves his goal and significantly improves the won/loss record, donations will flow.

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