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WWAY's Wednesday night sports - Feb. 20

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wednesday marked the third night of conference tournament play in high school basketball. We had action from the Waccamaw Conference and the Mideastern Conference. We've posted scores and notes below:

EAST CENTRAL BOYS TOURNAMENT
CLINTON 73 - SOUTH LENOIR 72

EAST CENTRAL GIRLS TOURNAMENT
NORTHSIDE 56 - CLINTON 42

MIDEASTERN CONFERENCE GIRLS TOURNAMENT
ASHLEY 51 - NEW HANOVER 42
LANEY GIRLS 34 - HOGGARD 21
THE LANEY GIRLS WILL FACE THE ASHLEY GIRLS IN THE MIDEASTERN FINALS ON FRIDAY AT LANEY AT 6PM
THE BOYS MIDEASTERN FINAL WILL ALSO BE HELD AT LANEY ON FRIDAY AT 7:30

TRI COUNTY CONFERENCE BOYS TOURNAMENT
WALLACE-ROSE HILL 63 - LAKEWOOD 60

COASTAL PLAINS GIRLS TOURNAMENT
LEJEUNE 55 - SW ONSLOW 40

WACCAMAW CONFERENCE BOYS TOURNAMENT
WHITEVILLE 63 - NORTH BRUNSWICK 61 IN OT
SHAUN KIRK LED WHITEVILLE WITH 15 POINTS

WACCAMAW CONFERENCE GIRLS TOURNAMENT
WHITEVILLE 55 - NORTH BRUNSWICK 37
JORDAN RAY LED WHITEVILLE WITH 17 POINTS

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CHARLESTON, SC (UNCW) -– Charleston Southern plated two runs in the ninth to edge past UNCW, 7-6, in college baseball action on Wednesday at the CSU Ballpark.

The Seahawks, who grabbed a lead in the top of the ninth on a RBI single by Terence Connelly, fell to 2-3 with the road loss while the Bucs improved to 3-2.

Michael Bass led a four-home run attack for UNCW with a pair of round tripper while Tyler Molinaro and Luis Renvil added solo shots. Bass added a double to complete a three-hit game.

Ricky Holden (1-1) was tagged with the loss for UNCW while Zack Hagaman (1-0) was credited with the win.
The turning point: With UNCW holding a 6-5 lead in the ninth, Hagaman was picked off second and ruled out, but the ruling was changed and Hagaman was sent to third when obstruction was called on the play. Hagaman would come around to tie the game on a single later in the inning by Jaren Sustar.

Notes: The Seahawks fell to 1-1 in one-run games … Terence Connelly and Molinaro both had two hits as UNCW out hit CSU, 10-8 … Secrest tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief … UNCW held a 4-0 lead after 3 1/2 innings … The loss was the first for the Seahawks versus CSU since 1997, just a span of four games though … UNCW leads the series 44-20 … Seahawk hitters were just 1-11 in advancing runners on the afternoon.
Next Game: The Seahawks host Lehigh for a three-game series b beginning on Friday at 4 p.m.

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NORFOLK, VA (UNCW) -– On a night when UNCW’s Keith Rendleman became the school’s all-time leading rebounder, the Seahawks weren’t as fortunate, falling, 84-61, to suddenly hot Old Dominion Wednesday in the final Colonial Athletic Association matchup between the two teams at the Ted Constant Center.

The Monarchs, who are leaving the CAA for Conference USA next season, snapped a 13-game home losing streak to improve to 4-23 overall and 2-13 in the CAA. The Seahawks are now 10-17 and 5-10.

ODU used a balanced scoring attack, placing five men in double figures, and shot a sizzling 58.9 percent from the floor to pile up its season-high total. The 23-point loss left third-year UNCW Head Coach Buzz Peterson searching for answers.

“Our defensive transition hurt us,” Peterson said after watching the Seahawks surrender an eye-popping 50 points in the paint. “For some reason, we just didn’t get back. We don’t have the intensity level we need to have on the road. We’ve done everything we can as coaches, but the guys just don’t listen some times.”

Senior forward DeShawn Painter paced the Monarchs with 18 points and was followed in the scoring parade by sophomore guard Dmitri Batten with 15 points and three players – sophomore forward Richard Ross, freshman guard Aaron Bacote and freshman guard Keenan Palmore – with 12 points apiece.

Rendleman, who broke Brian Rowsom’s all-time record with his fifth carom with 13:30 remaining, led the way for the Seahawks with 15 points and 11 rebounds. It was the Iron Station, N.C., product’s sixth consecutive double-double and his 17th of the season.

The 6-8, 220-pound workhorse bumped his career scoring total to 1,442 points and moved past Shawn Williams into No. 5 on the charts. His rebound total now stands at 1,022 in 120 appearances, shattering Rowsom’s longtime mark of 1,015 caroms from 1984-8
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Redshirt freshman Craig Ponder chipped in 16 points, sophomore forward Cedrick Williams contributed 12 points and seven rebounds, and junior guard Chris Dixon had 10 for the Seahawks, who shot 35.6 percent on the night.

ODU used a late spurt to build an 11-point lead at halftime and poured it on after the break, leading by as many as 24 points in the contest as UNCW plummeted to 1-8 at the Ted Constant Center.

The Seahawks scored seven of the first nine points in the contest and enjoyed their largest lead, 7-2, with 16:12 left in the first half when Williams sank a pair of free throws.

UNCW was still on top, 16-13, with just over 10 minutes remaining in the opening period after Dixon canned a jumper at the free throw line. But ODU used a 10-2 run to gain control and Bacote’s dunk off a steal with 7:13 showing staked the Monarchs to a 23-18 edge.

The first-half margin ballooned to 37-22, when Palmore scored on a slam before Ponder scored four points in the final 11 seconds of the half to keep the Seahawks within striking distance, 37-25. Ponder scored nine of his 16 points in a 1:51 span from the first half to second stanza.

UNCW was still hanging around after the break and closed the gap to 10 points, 51-41, on Rendleman’s conventional three-point play at 14:50.

However, ODU stretched the cushion to 67-44 with a 16-3 run that helped Jim Corrigan’s club gain some separation with 8:08 remaining. ODU then recorded its largest lead of the game, 71-47, on a gliding layup by Donte Hill at 6:48.

The Seahawks shot below 40 percent for the 14th time in 27 games and struggled behind the arc, connecting on only 3-of-15 from long distance.

ODU avenged a 65-60 loss to UNCW on Jan. 16 at Trask Coliseum and kept the Seahawks from earning a series sweep this season.

The Seahawks return to Wilmington to wrap up their home schedule with a pair of games, beginning Saturday at 7 p.m. against Delaware. The Monarchs travel to Hempstead, N.Y., on Saturday for a 7 p.m. test at Hofstra.

GAME NOTES: Old Dominion leads the all-time series with UNCW, 30-18… UNCW has played ODU in three different arenas in Norfolk – the ODU Field House, the Scope and the Ted Constant Center…Corrigan is serving as interim coach of the Monarchs following the termination of Blaine Taylor on Feb. 5…Keith Rendleman had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the first meeting of the two teams in Wilmington…UNCW went 16-of-20 at the free throw line…The Seahawks committed 15 turnovers…ODU has 23 assists on 33 baskets…Dixon led the Seahawks with five assists…UNCW had 16 offensive rebounds to just seven for the Monarchs…ODU’s previous scoring high was 78 points in a Feb. 7 win at Drexel….UNCW’s last win at the Constant Center came on Jan. 30, 2008.

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