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Saturday High School Scoreboard

Girls Basketball
Laney 50
Whiteville 25
Bucs improve to 15-2 overall

Boys Basketball
Whiteville 64
Laney 58
Brandon Best led the Wolfpack with 15 points. Whiteville improves to 12-2 overall
Kirby Kealon 18pts 7 rebounds, Tariq Lane 15 pts 8 rebounds for the Bucs

New Hanover 63
Kinston 55
Ridell Camidge 19 points 5 assists, Brad Hitchman 12 points 5 rebounds
Wildcats improve to 15-2

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Tobacco Road League
Cary Invasion 98
Wilmington Sea Dawgs 77
Sea Dawgs drop season opener on the road against Cary. Home opener for Sea Dawgs will be 6pm on Saturday, January 25th at Blizzard Athletics.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Senior playmaker Frantz Massenat poured in a career-high 30 points and reserve guard Freddie Wilson scored all 16 of his season-high points in the second half to spark Drexel to a 79-63 come-from-behind victory over host UNCW in a Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball matinee Saturday at Trask Coliseum.

The Dragons picked up their first CAA road win to move to 10-7 overall and 2-2 in the league. The Seahawks, who scored a season-low 23 points in the second half, lost their ninth in a row to spiral to 6-14 overall and 0-4 in the CAA.

Massenat led all scorers by netting 19 of his career high in the second half as Drexel rallied from a 40-27 deficit for their fourth straight win over UNCW. The Ewing, N.J., product finished connecting on 8-of-11 from the field and 14-of-18 at the time to join Marshall’s Elijah Pittman as the only players to break the 30-point plateau against the Seahawks this season.

Wilson, a junior transfer from Seton Hall, had not scratched in his previous two games and had just three points in the last five outings before Saturday’s outburst. He wound up hitting 6-of-9 field goals, including several key buckets as the Dragons rallied after the break.

Graduate guard Chris Fouch, the CAA’s third leading scorer at 18.4 ppg., finished with 14 points and scored nine during Drexel’s impressive comeback in the second half.

Redshirt guard Craig Ponder paced the Seahawks with a season-high 16 points, followed by senior guard Chris Dixon with 13 and junior forward Cedrick Williams with 11. Freshman forward Chuck Ogbodo contributed eight rebounds.

UNCW shot 59.3 percent in the first half to bolt out to a comfortable 40-27 lead at the break before Drexel staged its furious rally to stun the Seahawks. The Dragons scored the first nine points of the final period and kept up the pressure, sprinting past the Seahawks midway through the last half and pouring it on down the stretch.

Massenat and Fouch got the Dragons within striking distance early in the final half and Wilson pitched in The Seahawks, who committed turnovers on their first two possessions of the second half, did not score after the break until Chris Dixon’s jumper in the lane found the bottom of the net with 15:32 remaining.

The Dragons, meanwhile, scored 19 of the first 25 points of the second half to catch up with the Seahawks. Drexel pulled even at 46-all when Wilson scored on a spinning layup, was fouled by Ben Eblen and converted the ensuing free throw with 11:47 remaining in the contest.

Wilson then maintained the hot hand for Drexel and his wide-open triple on the right wing forged Bruiser Flint’s team ahead, 56-52, with just under eight minutes remaining.

The Seahawks made a free throw to cut the deficit to one point, but Massenat sank a pair of free throws and Wilson canned a three-pointer from the right corner with 6:15 to play as Drexel broke away for a 61-53 advantage.

The Dragons built on that confidence the rest of the way and registered their largest lead of the game with 55 seconds to go on Mohamed Bah’s monster dunk that brought the Drexel bench to its feet.

UNCW played most of the first half without Williams, its leading scorer and rebounder. The junior forward picked up his second personal foul just 4:46 into the game and sat the remainder of the period.

The Seahawks trailed early, 8-3, before reeling off seven consecutive points, capped by Tanner Milson’s triple at 15:39 to reverse the deficit into a 10-8 edge.

Dixon then extended the margin to 20-13 on a free throw and the Seahawks used 9-2 spurt to gain more separation as Dylan Sherwood converted a layup with 6:19 left for a 29-18 bulge.

The Seahawks closed out the half with another big rally and Ponder’s athletic tip-in with 2:14 remaining increased the margin to 37-23, their largest lead of the period, before carrying a 40-29 lead into intermission.

UNCW wound up shooting 59.3 percent in the opening period on 16-of-27 shooting, while holding Fouch to five points on 1-of-5 from the field.

UNCW travels to the College of Charleston on Wednesday to battle the Cougars in a mid-week game at TD Arena. Drexel opens a two-game homestand on Saturday by entertaining Delaware’s Blue Hens at 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES: The Dragons were playing without injured starter Tavon Allen…The Seahawks lead the all-time series, 12-10…UNCW shot 59.3 percent in the first half and 28.0 points in the second period…Massenat played all 40 minutes…The Dragons shot 47.6 percent in the first half and 66.7 percent in the final period…Drexel outscored UNCW, 52-23, in the second half…Reserve forward Dylan Sherwood scored all five of his five points in the first period…The Seahawks had 10 turnovers…Each team had six steals…Drexel won its second straight game at Trask Coliseum…The Seahawks play the Dragons again on Feb. 3 in Philadelphia.

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DURHAM, NC (DUKE UNIVERSITY) -– Jabari Parker scored 23 points and No. 23 Duke scored 33 points off turnovers to beat North Carolina State 95-60 on Saturday.

Rasheed Sulaimon added 13 points for the Blue Devils (14-4, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who led by 13 at halftime and by 37 afterward to keep the Wolfpack winless at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 1995.

Duke shot 50 percent and went 11 for 24 from 3-point range.

T.J. Warren scored 23 points to lead N.C. State (11-7, 1-4), which shot 48 percent but committed 21 turnovers to undermine any chance at building momentum.

Fifteen of those turnovers came by halftime, with Duke taking a 23-2 edge in points off turnovers to build a 45-32 lead. Things only got worse from there for N.C. State, which hasn't beaten Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski at Cameron -- the 1995 win came while Krzyzewski was on medical leave -- since February 1988.

It was Krzyzewski's 200th career ACC win at Cameron and his 898th overall at Duke, putting the NCAA men's career coaching wins leader two shy of joining Syracuse's Jim Boeheim with at least 900 wins at one school.

It also came with former President George H.W. Bush in attendance, with the Bush-founded CEO Roundtable on Cancer saying Bush was on hand to recognize Krzyzewski for his "personal commitment and leadership" in work to fight cancer.

Duke started the week by falling to its lowest ranking since the last time it fell out of the AP Top 25 in February 2007, then needed Sulaimon to make a 3 that bounced high off the rim and dropped through the net in the final minute to hold off Virginia 69-65 here Monday night.

The Blue Devils had no such drama Saturday, easily handling an N.C. State team that didn't have any player reach double figures to support Warren -- the ACC's leading scorer at 22 points per game.

N.C. State had a big win at Notre Dame -- which came three days after Duke's loss in South Bend -- to build some confidence after a home loss to Pittsburgh in its league opener. But the Wolfpack followed that with a 31-point home loss to Virginia last weekend then lost 70-69 on a last-second basket at Wake Forest on Wednesday night.

Now, with a third straight loss, Mark Gottfried's team heads into a three-game ACC homestand in desperate need of a win.

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) -- Marcus Paige scored 21 points and North Carolina beat Boston College 82-71 on Saturday for its first ACC victory of the season.

James Michael McAdoo added 17 points for the Tar Heels (11-6, 1-3).

They shot nearly 53 percent in their highest-scoring ACC game of the season and avoided the first 0-4 start to conference play in the program's proud history.

Olivier Hanlan scored 16 points and Lonnie Jackson added 14 for Boston College (5-13, 1-4), which replaced North Carolina in the league cellar.

The Eagles hit 11 3-pointers but committed too many of their 18 turnovers at inopportune times, leading to their sixth loss in seven games.

BC pulled to 56-55 with 10 minutes remaining on Hanlan's driving layup. But on their next nine trips downcourt, the Eagles managed just one basket and turned it over four times while allowing the Tar Heels to push their lead back into double figures.

Paige converted a key three-point play one possession before Leslie McDonald's 3-pointer - with Joe Rahon's hand in his face - put North Carolina up 71-61 with 4½ minutes left.

J.P. Tokoto finished with 14 points and McDonald and freshman Kennedy Meeks each added 10 for North Carolina, which had lost its first three ACC games for just the second time in school history and first since Dean Smith's final season in 1996-97 - a slide that knocked the Tar Heels from the Top 25 to the bottom of the league.

Many of the things that went wrong for them in those games went right in this one. In none of their other ACC matchups had they cracked the 70-point mark, shot better than 40 percent or forced more than 13 turnovers.

They were coming off a 45-point effort at No. 2 Syracuse - their fewest in coach Roy Williams' 11 seasons at his alma mater - and needed fewer than 25 minutes of game action against BC to match that production.

Rahon finished with 13 points, Eddie Odio had 12 and Ryan Anderson added 11 with 12 rebounds for Boston College, which fell to 1-6 on the road this season and was denied its first victory at the Smith Center since 2009.

Paige scored 14 points and McAdoo had 11 during a first half in which North Carolina briefly pushed its lead into double figures. The suddenly efficient Tar Heels scored on nine of 10 possessions during a 5-minute stretch and led 22-11 on Paige's drive.

BC hit six 3-pointers during the half, including two during the 11-2 run that tightened the game right back up. Odio's 3 pulled the Eagles to 24-22 and another one from Jackson made it a one-point game with 4½ minutes left.

BC never could manage to tie it, though the Eagles kept UNC within striking distance until the Tar Heels pulled away late.

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MARTINSVILLE, VA (CFCC) -- The Cape Fear Community College women’s basketball team ended a season-long three-game skid Saturday afternoon in Martinsville, Va., as the Sea Devils used good ball movement and a gritty effort on the defensive end of the floor en route to a 75-58 win over Patrick Henry CC.

Kristina Rumplasch led the way with a game-high 30 points and 10 rebounds to record a double-double, while Eboni Gilliam scored 11 points and pulled down five boards for CFCC. The Sea Devils spread the wealth with 20 assists in the game and added 12 steals to move to 4-3 in conference and 12-3 overall.

Cape Fear returns to the floor in their only home game of the month on Wednesday, Jan. 22 against Lenoir Community College. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at the Schwartz Center in Downtown Wilmington. The Sea Devils are in the middle of their toughest stretch on the schedule during the month of January, having played their last seven games away from the local campus.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Junior Valtteri Halonen won three individual events and swam on a winning relay as UNCW swept visiting Wingate in swimming and diving action on Saturday at the Seahawk Natatorium.

The Seahawk men edged the Bulldogs, 138.5-121.5, while the women won a lopsided meet by a score of 149-108.
Halonen helped the UNCW men open the meet with a win in the 400 Medley Relay by swimming the leadoff leg of the relay. He later added wins in the 200 Freestyle (1:43.97), 100 Butterfly (50.45) and 200 Backstroke (1:50.63).

On the women side, sophomore Jenson Engen won two individual events and swam too on the winning 400 Medley Relay. Engen gave UNCW wins in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke with times of 1:04.14 and 2:22.07, respectively.
Senior Joe Gallene rounded out UNCW’s multi-event winners, taking both the 50 and 100 Free.

Other event winners for UNCW were Danielle Binkauskas (100 Free), Catherine Gargula (100 Back), Michael Baric (100 Back), Rachel Sears (50 Free), Hannah Stephenson (200 Back), Emily Schwartz (500 Free) and Sara Smith (100 Fly).

The Seahawks close out their home schedule on Jan. 25 with an 11 a.m. start against Virginia Tech. UNCW will recognize their seniors prior to the meet.

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