WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Here are results from Wednesday night high school basketball action from around the region.
TOPSAIL BOYS 49 - JACKSONVILLE 41
TYLER HAGAN LED THE PIRATES WITH 17 POINTS
NORTH BRUNSWICK BOYS 70 - TRASK 48
NIK SLOAN LED THE SCORPIONS WITH 22 POINTS
ST. PAULS BOYS 72 - EAST BLADEN 68
JAQUAN JONES LED THE EAGLES WITH 34 POINTS
THE BULLDOGS LED BY 9 AT THE HALF, BUT THE EAGLES CAME OUT STRONG IN THE SECOND QUARTER TO TAKE A 9 POINT LEAD
EAST BLADEN GIRLS 47 - ST. PAULS 34
TRASK GIRLS 46 - NORTH BRUNSWICK 44
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- UNCW used a suffocating 17-0 run over a seven-minute span of the second half to make new head coach Adell Harris a winner in her home debut in a 59-45 women’s basketball victory over state foe N. C. Central Wednesday night at Trask Coliseum.
The Seahawks, back on the court following a 10-day hiatus, now stand 1-3 in 2012-13 after dropping their first three outings on the road. The Eagles remain winless at 0-7 on the new season, including 0-5 on the road.
Sophomore transfer Kelva Atkins anchored three players in double figures for the Seahawks with a career-high 15 points in her first home game. Junior guard Jessica Freeman collected 13 points and senior forward Karneshia Garrett had 11 points and matched her career-high with 18 rebounds.
Senior guard Chasidy Williams paced NCCU with 15 points and backcourt mate Amber Neely had 11 for the Eagles, who shot just 30 percent from the floor.
UNCW built a comfortable working margin early and watched the Eagles narrow the deficit to two points in the second half before regaining control. The Seahawks ended up shooting a season-best 46.3 percent from the floor.
Trailing 32-26 at the break, NCCU scored six of the first eight points of the second half to tighten the game. Freshman guard Aja Hoyle sank a long three-ball in front of the NCCU bench to bring the Eagles within 34-32 with 14:51 remaining in the game.
But the Seahawks, keyed by Freeman’s long range shooting, reeled off 17 unanswered points to halt the rally. A layup underneath by Jovana Mandic – her first bucket of the game – started the spurt and Atkins raced down court for a layup with 8:57 left to give the Seahawks their largest lead of the game, 51-32.
UNCW led from start to finish in its 10th meeting with the Eagles and held NCCU scoreless for the first 5:25 before freshman forward Kaylah Blount scored on a putback underneath.
The Seahawks, meanwhile, built a big cushion and bolted out to a 15-3 margin on Chelsea McGowen’s short jumper along the right baseline at 12:44. NCCU, on the other hand, opened the contest cold, connecting on just one of its first eight field goal attempts.
A four-point flurry by Neely helped bring the Eagles to within, 17-11, with 8:40 to play before the Seahawks stretched out the lead again. Neely drained a triple from the top of the key and added a pair of free throws to slice the advantage to six points.
Garrett later converted a conventional three-point play with 2:57 to go in the period to increase the lead back to 30-18 at 2:57 before Williams drove the left side of the lane to close the gap to 32-26 at halftime by canning a layup with 24 seconds on the clock.
The Seahawks play three of their next four games on the road, beginning Sunday with a 3 p.m. tip-off at Tulane. UNCW’s next home game is Wednesday, Dec. 5, against UNC Charlotte at 5 p.m. in a doubleheader with the Seahawk men’s team.
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DURHAM, NC (AP) -- Mason Plumlee had 21 points and a career-high-tying 17 rebounds, and No. 2 Duke rallied late and held on to beat No. 4 Ohio State 73-68 on Wednesday night.
Rasheed Sulaimon scored 17 points and Ryan Kelly added 15 and hit 3-pointers on consecutive trips downcourt early during the 20-7 run that put the Blue Devils (7-0) ahead to stay and sent them to their third win over a top-five team this month.
Deshaun Thomas scored 16 points for Ohio State (4-1), while Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 11 apiece.
Shannon Scott pulled the Buckeyes within 66-64 with a free throw with 28.9 seconds left before Quinn Cook sealed it by hitting six free throws in the final 27.3 seconds.
Cook finished with 12 points.
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