1st place George Mason men slide by UNCW; ODU women sneak past UNCW on Play 4KayDay
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WILMINGTON,NC (UNCW sports release) -- Sophomore forward Shakeva Richards tallied 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting and UNCW missed three potential game-tying shots in the final 1:07 as Old Dominion hung on to win, 59-57, in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Sunday afternoon in Trask Coliseum.

With the two clubs battling on "Play 4Kay" Day at Trask Coliseum, the Lady Monarchs salvaged a split of the season series with the victory and climbed to 9-16 on the year and 6-7 in conference action. The loss dropped the Seahawks to 15-9 overall and 8-5 in the CAA.

Senior forward Tia Lewis was the only other ODU player in double figures with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds in 39 minutes of action.

Sophomore guard Alisha Andrews paced UNCW with 20 points, including 17 in the final period, but was the only Seahawk in double figures on a day when UNCW shot 37.5 percent on 21-of-56 from the floor. Junior forward Ayoola Weaver grabbed a game-high nine boards and junior guard Tawanna Lee collected six assists.

With 1:58 left to play, Andrews converted a layup to cap a 6-2 run and trim ODU's advantage to 59-57. UNCW forced three Monarch turnovers and Richards missed ODU's lone free throw attempt in the final two minutes, but the Seahawks missed three potential game-tying shots down the stretch.

UNCW started the game ice-cold from the floor, converting just 1-of-13 over the first nine minutes of the contest. ODU capitalized on the dry spell to build an eight point lead, 10-2, when Richards drained a baseline jumper at 11:49.

The Monarchs maintained their advantage, leading by 10 on five separate occasions in the first stanza, but struggled from the field at times in the opening frame. ODU finished the first half connecting on 11-of-29, 37.9 percent, and just 2-of-8, 25.0 percent, from beyond the arc.

Junior guard Jessica Freeman ran the Seahawks' offense down the stretch of the first half, collecting nine of UNCW's last 14 points of the half to keep UNCW within striking distance. A baseline jumper by junior center Chelsea McGowen with 43 seconds left cut the lead to eight, 31-23, at halftime.

UNCW came out of the gate strong in the second period, using a 13-5 run to tie the game at 36-all off two free throws from Lee at the 16:40 mark.

After ODU regained a slim lead, 46-41, UNCW tallied a quick 6-0 spurt to take its first lead of the game, 47-46, when junior forward Karneshia Garrett deposited a layup with 9:36 remaining.

The Monarchs responded by rattling off a 9-1 run to retake the seven point advantage, 55-48, when Richards converted a tough lay-in with 6:07 to play. ODU held the advantage for the remainder of the contest.

UNCW begins a two-game road swing at James Madison Thursday at 7 p.m. ODU opens a three-game homestand Thursday when it takes on Drexel at 7 p.m.
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WILMINGTON,NC (UNCW sports release) -- Sophomore guard Sherrod Wright notched a team-high 16 points off the bench and George Mason used a 12-0 second half run to outpace upset-minded UNCW, 75-69, in Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball action Saturday night at Trask Coliseum.

The Patriots remained in a tie for first place in the conference with their ninth straight win against the Seahawks, standing 21-6 overall and 13-2 in the CAA. UNCW fell to 9-16 on the year and 5-10 in league play.

Senior forward Ryan Pearson led three other GMU players in double figures with 15 points to go with a team-high seven rebounds. Sophomore guards Bryon Allen and Vertrail Vaughns added 10 points each.

Freshman guard Adam Smith led UNCW with a game-high 20 points, passing Steve Langston for No. 3 in the Seahawks’ all-time single-season scoring list for freshmen. Junior forward Keith Rendleman and senior guard Trevor Deloach both added 14 points, while sophomore guard Tanner Milson collected 11 markers. Freshman forward Cedrick Williams tallied a game-high eight boards.

GMU was clinging to a narrow 44-43 advantage with 15:47 to play when Patriots rattled off 12 unanswered points to take a 56-43 lead, capped by a fast-break layup from freshman forward Vaughn Gray with 11:47 left.

The Seahawks missed all six of their shots during the Patriot spurt, going scoreless for 5:28 before Williams finally ended the drought at the 11:32 mark with a deep jumper to make the score, 56-45.

UNCW charged back in the final minutes with an 11-2 run, cutting the advantage to as few as four, 70-66, with 33 seconds remaining. But the Seahawks missed three shots with under 30 seconds left to fall short in the upset bid.

The Patriots started the contest hitting 5-of-7 from the floor, building an early eight point advantage, 14-8, off a fast-break layup from Allen at the 14:35 mark.

GMU built the lead to as many as 10 points, 20-10, before UNCW chipped away at the deficit. A pull-up jumper by Smith with 7:07 left in the half capped a 6-0 spurt and trimmed the GMU advantage to three, 24-21.

Wright then ended the 2:03 Patriot drought with a driving reverse lay-in at the 6:50 mark, sparking a 7-2 run to push the lead back to eight, 31-23.

But Deloach scored five of UNCW’s next seven points, keeping the Seahawks close before a basket by Williams with 23 seconds left closed the gap to the halftime score, 37-32. Deloach’s buckets were part of a 12-point, 5-of-8 shooting performance in the first frame.

UNCW came out sizzling in the second period, starting the frame 4-of-4 from the floor and cutting the lead to one point, 44-43, when Smith raced in for a fast-break bucket at the 17-minute mark. But GMU responded by rattling off the 12-0 run that put the game just out of reach.

UNCW plays three of its final four regular season games on the road, beginning with a 7 p.m. Valentine’s Day tilt at Old Dominion. Also on Tuesday, GMU returns to its home court to take on one of its main threats for the CAA regular season title in VCU at 9 p.m.

GAME NOTES: UNCW sophomore guard Tanner Milson matched his career high with six assists … GMU now leads the all-time series, 40-30 … Patriot senior forward Ryan Pearson scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half … GMU outscored UNCW, 36-22, in the paint, including 22-8 in the second period … The Seahawks’ dynamic duo of freshman guard Adam Smith and junior forward Keith Rendleman combined for 28 of UNCW’s 61 shots … There were four goaltending calls in the contest…The Seahawks had four in double figures for the fifth time this season…Trevor Deloach reached double digits in scoring for the third time this season…Adam Smith reached the 20-point plateau for the sixth time…GMU was only the second team to shoot better than 50 percent from the field against the Seahawks this season…Adam Smith scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half.

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