WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — Senior forward Keith Rendleman shook off early foul trouble to post his ninth double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds as UNCW trimmed Old Dominion, 65-60, in Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball action Wednesday night at Trask Coliseum.
The Seahawks snapped a six-game losing streak to ODU and won their second straight to improve to 7-10 overall, 2-3 in the CAA. The Monarchs lost for the fifth time in a row and stand 2-15, 0-5 in the league.
Rendleman, UNCW’s top scorer and rebounder, went scoreless on one field goal attempt and had just one rebound in the opening period, but came alive after intermission and wound up going 6-of-8 from the field en route to his 14-point night. Junior guard Chris Dixon added 14 points and freshman guard Craig Ponder contributed 13 to give the Seahawks three in double figures.
N.C. State transfer DeShawn Painter of ODU led all scorers with 18 points and hauled in eight boards. Sophomore forward Richard Ross chipped in nine of his 11 points in the first half.
ODU took advantage of early foul trouble by Rendleman to grab a 31-28 lead at halftime. Ross came up big early-on for the Monarchs and Painter wound up with eight points and five boards in the opening period.
ODU remained in control, 37-31, when Painter connected on an uncontested layup at 17:53 before the Seahawks made their move. Sophomore forward Cedrick Williams sank a pair of free throws to begin an 11-0 run and Ponder added two more free throws to give the Seahawks their first lead since the seven-minute mark of the first half, 39-37, at 15:05.
Rendleman’s slam – his first bucket of the game – with 13:52 left to play increased the lead to 42-37 at 13:52. ODU answered back, however, with eight straight points to go back ahead, 45-42, and the lead exchanged hands two more times before UNCW took over for good.
Trailing, 49-48, the Seahawks, who now stand 7-1 at home, scored 12 out of the next 16 points and when Rendleman notched his double-double, UNCW owned a 54-49 edge with 3:50 on the clock.
ODU whittled away at the deficit and cut the margin to 58-55 on a turnaround jumper by Painter in the paint with just over a minute to play, but Dixon sank a long trey at the end of the shot clock on the next possession to extend the lead back to 61-55 and the Seahawks went on to snap a three-game losing streak to ODU in Wilmington.
Rendleman picked up two fouls in the first 3:47 and ODU capitalized right away, reeling off nine consecutive points for an 11-6 lead. Ross drove the lane for a layup with 14:11 remaining in the first half and the Monarchs jumped on top early.
The Seahawks regrouped with an 8-0 spurt, capped by reserve forward Dylan Sherwood’s triple on the right wing that put UNCW out front, 17-15 at 10:10.
ODU got hot again, however, and scored three straight baskets for a 25-22 edge. Ross scored on a putback and Painter connected on a layup and hook shot to give the Monarchs a three-point advantage with 5:15 left in the first period.
The Seahawks open a stretch of four road games in five outings next Wednesday, Jan. 23, with a visit to Atlanta to take on Georgia State. The Monarchs return home to entertain the Panthers at 7 p.m. at the Ted Constant Center in Norfolk, Va.
GAME NOTES: Old Dominion leads the all-time series by a 29-18 margin…The Seahawks are 9-12 against the Monarchs in Wilmington…UNCW on the battle of the boards, 39-36…Williams had six blocks on the night…Four Seahawks had two assists apiece…UNCW went 13-of-17 at the free throw line in the second half…ODU had two more field goals than UNCW…The Seahawks had 11 turnovers and ODU finished with nine miscues…The biggest lead for either team was eight points…UNCW outscored ODU in the second half, 37-29…Williams came within one point of giving the Seahawks four men in double figures for the first time this season…Five Seahawks had four or more points…There were eight ties and 10 lead changes in the contest…The crowd of 3,832 fans was the largest of UNCW’s eight home games.
JAMESTOWN, NC (CFCC)– The Cape Fear Community College women’s basketball team got back on the court tonight and defeated Guilford Technical College 57-54 in a NJCAA conference match-up in Jamestown, NC.
Tonight’s win was a welcome relief for the Sea Devils after suffering a tough loss to rival Brunswick Community College last Saturday.
“Our ladies stepped up big tonight. Porsha Buchanan was a powerhouse by scoring and dishing to her open teammates,” said CFCC head coach Lori Drake.
CFCC’s Porsha Buchanan was the Sea Devils’ leading scorer with 21 points, eight assists, four rebounds and three steals. Teammate Jordan Hill got 14 points and nine rebounds.
Tonight’s victory gives CFCC a 8-4 overall record and 4-1 in conference play.
Cape Fear’s next game is Saturday, Jan. 19 in Hickory, NC as they face Catawba Valley Community College.
SUPPLY, NC (WWAY) – The Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team beat Johnston Community College on Wednesday night 73-61. Quinton Morrow led the BCC Dolphins with 27 points. BCC is now 12-6 on the season.
COLLEGE PARK, MD (AP) — Alex Len dropped in a missed shot by teammate Pe’Shon Howard with 00.9 seconds left, giving Maryland a stunning 51-50 victory over No. 14 North Carolina State on Wednesday night.
Howard drove the left side and came up short on a 5-footer, but the 7-foot-1 Len grabbed the ball in front of the rim and eased it through the hoop. After the Wolfpack failed on a desperation heave on the other end, thousands of students in the sellout crowd stormed the court to celebrate Maryland’s first win over a ranked team since March 3, 2010, against No. 4 Duke.
Len, with 10 points, was the only Terrapin to score in double figures.
Maryland (14-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won 10 of 11 against the Wolfpack (14-3, 3-1), including five in a row at home.
Lorenzo Brown scored 17 points for NC State, which had won 10 straight overall.
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HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — Topsail High School has hired co-head coaches for varsity softball. Amber Passwaters will join former assistant Colonel William Blaha. They will both take over the helm of the Pirate softball program in Hampstead.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UFC, Ultimate Fighting Championship, is the largest mixed martial arts promotion company in the world. Most of the top ranked MMA fighters compete in the UFC. This now includes Wilmington’s Derek Brunson. “It’s not just MMA anymore. It’s now UFC,” Brunson said. “That’s the top of the food chain, just like a guy goes to the NFL or the NBA, that’s the same thing. I’m in the big leagues, UFC, pay per views with crowds of 17,000 with millions of viewers all across the world.”
DEREK BRUNSON SPORTS A 12-2 RECORD AS A PRO. 3 OF HIS PRO FIGHTS WERE HELD IN DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON AT THE SCHWARTZ CENTER. HE’S BECOME A HOMETOWN HERO IN THE PORT CITY. IN FACT BRUNSON IS HOLDING TRAINING CAMP IN WILMINGTON IN ORDER TO GET READY FOR HIS NEXT FIGHT.
Derek Brunson sports a 12-2 pro record. Three of his pro fights were held at the Schwartz Center in Wilmington. He’s now become a hometown hero. In fact Brunson is holding training camp in Wilmington at the Port City Boxing & Fitness Center in order to get ready for his next fight. “I’m hoping to get into the ring on March 16th. That’s the card in Canada, but if not it may be April 26th in New Jersey, UFC 159 I think. That might make the most sense.”
Wrestling was Brunswon’s first sports passion. In fact the the Hoggard graduate wrestled collegiately at UNC Pembroke. “Wrestling is real big. That’s my main staple.”
Brunson made his UFC debut three weeks ago in Las Vegas. The odds were stacked against him. He agreed to fight UFC veteran Chris Leben on short notice. Due to his superior wrestling savvy Brunson won by unanimous decision. “I look to my left I see MC Hammer. I look to my right and I see Mike Tyson. It was definitely a surreal feeling and definitely different. They offered me a fight against a big named guy, Chris Leben. I thought it was a no brainer, stylistically. I like the matchup on the biggest of stages. 8 days is all I had to prepare and I made the most of it. I switched up my diet. I ran and got through it.
Note: Derek Brunson trains at the Port City Boxing Fitness Center at 1302 Castle Street in Wilmington. The Center is currently offering a 16 week training program for $80 a month. Group, couple and individual rates are available.