Losing skid continues for Seahawks, Heels beat Wolfpack, East Bladen girls lose for first time
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SATURDAY SCOREBOARD

Minor League Basketball

Wilmington Sea Dawgs beat Fayetteville Crossover 119-115. Josh Humphrey led the Dawgs with 35 points.

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Mideastern Conference Wrestling Championship
1st Laney 261
2nd West Brunswick 195.5
3rd Topsail 142
4th South Brunswick 99
5th Ashley 94.5
6th Hoggard 83
7th New Hanover 20

Laney had seven individual champions. The 5th ranked team in the state had a wrestler place in every weight class.

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Girls High School Basketball
Clinton beat East Bladen 58-47. First loss of the season for the East Bladen girls. Asha Graham and Lacey Suggs both scored 17 points for the Eagles in a game that featured several players fouling out.

Village Christian beat Cape Fear Academy 49-38

West Bladen beat Trask 55-46, Courtney Thompson scored 22 points

Boys High School Basketball
Clinton beat East Bladen 63-59. Eagles snap a four game winning streak.

Village Christian defeated Cape Fear Academy 79-40

Trask edged West Bladen 55-52

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Men's College Basketball

Brunswick CC beat Louisburg 91-85. Cam Jones led the Dolphins with 38 points. Brunswick improves to 4-1 in league play.

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NEWARK, DE (UNCW) -- Senior forward Carl Baptiste ignited a late rally as Colonial Athletic Association frontrunner Delaware survived a scare from stubborn UNCW, 66-65, in a televised men’s basketball game early Saturday at the Bob Carpenter Center.

The Blue Hens raised their record to 16-7 overall and a perfect 8-0 in the CAA with their 10th straight victory. UD has reeled off seven consecutive home victories since a loss to Charleston Southern in early November.

UNCW, meanwhile, had its school-record losing streak extended to 11 games, dropping the Seahawks to 6-16 and 0-7.

“We wanted to slow the game down and control it as much as we could,” said fourth-year UNCW Head Coach Buzz Peterson. “I thought we did a nice job overall, but we did a poor job of getting back in transition after we made shots. We played a tremendous game until the end. It’s a shame we came up short, but we’re not finishing games and that’s the bottom line.”

A wide body in the paint, Baptiste scored eight of his 10 points in the second half to represent one of three Blue Hens in double figures. Senior scorer Devon Saddler added 15 points and eclipsed the 2,000-point plateau in the second half, while senior guard Davon Usher chipped in 13, including 11 in the final 20 minutes.

Junior forward Cedrick Williams of UNCW topped all scorers with 18 points and added eight rebounds. Junior guard Addison Spruill came off the bench to score 16 and grab six boards after being held scoreless the last two contests.

The Seahawks kept the game close throughout and were in position for a mammoth upset when Baptiste took advantage of UNCW’s foul difficulties and put the Blue Hens on his shoulder.

After Chris Dixon scored on a layup with just over six minutes left to provide the Seahawks with a 57-55 edge, Baptiste answered quickly with a layup and then wound up scoring eight of Delaware’s final 11 points. He did most of the damage with Williams and Shane Reybold disqualified with five personal fouls.

“He’s one of the most improved players in the league,” Peterson said of the 6-9, 260-pound veteran from Pittstown, N.J.

UD led at halftime, 28-26, but the Seahawks hung tough early in the final half and built an eight-point cushion, 53-45, on a pair of free throws by Luke Hager, who made his first start of the season. A Ben Eblen layup still had UNCW on top, 55-49, but Usher converted back-to-back conventional three-points to bring the Blue Hens even at 55-all.

UNCW shot 41 percent from the floor on 25-of-61 field goals and UD, which entered the game shooting 45.5 percent and averaging 81.5 ppg, was held to 34.5 percent and nearly 16 points below its average.

The two teams struggled from the floor in a ragged first half that featured six ties and 12 lead changes. UNCW and UD combined for 6-of-30 field goals in the opening 10 minutes of action.

Spruill kept the Seahawks close in the early scoring, collecting six of UNCW’s first nine points, including back-to-back buckets that gave the Seahawks a 9-7 edge with 11:36 left in the first half.

The Blue Hens regrouped behind reserve guard Cazmon Hayes to forge ahead, 20-16, for their largest lead of the half. Hayes scored a string of five straight points and his triple from the left corner capped an 11-4 spurt for UD.

But Williams and Spruill connected down the stretch and the Seahawks still led, 26-25, before Devonne Pinkard’s three-pointer from the right side just before the halftime buzzer gave the Blue Hens a 28-26 advantage at the break.

The Seahawks move over to Philadelphia on Monday to take on Drexel in a rematch at the Daskalakis Center at 7 p.m. The Dragons staged a furious comeback on Jan. 18 in a 79-63 verdict at Trask Coliseum. UD entertains Northeastern on Monday at 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES: The Seahawks now stand 3-10 on the road and 0-4 in CAA away games…UD outrebounded UNCW by a 41-38 margin…The Seahawks went 11-of-13 at the free throw line, but were outscored by 17 points at the charity stripe…Junior guard Freddie Jackson had two assists, two blocks and two steals in 22 minutes…UNCW’s starters went 15-of-36 from the floor…Dixon led the team with four assists…The slippery Sadler now has 2,010 points in his successful career in Newark…The two teams plan again in the regular season finale on Feb. 26 at Trask Coliseum…Reybold, who will attend physical therapy school at UD after graduating from UNCW, returned to action after sitting out six games with a stress fracture in his foot and responded with eight points and six caroms in 19 minutes…There were 16 ties and 18 lead changes in the see-saw contest.

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) -- CHAPEL HILL -- James Michael McAdoo had 16 points and 13 rebounds to help North Carolina beat rival North Carolina State 84-70 on Saturday.

Leslie McDonald scored a season-high 20 points for the Tar Heels (14-7, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their third straight game. North Carolina scored the game's first six points, led by double figures 7 minutes in and by 17 at halftime to continue its recent dominance against the Wolfpack (14-8, 4-5) under Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams.

The Tar Heels have won 21 of 23 meetings since Williams returned to his alma mater in 2003, including all 11 meetings in Chapel Hill. N.C. State hasn't been closer than nine points in the past 10 meetings at the Smith Center.

T.J. Warren scored 21 to lead the Wolfpack, who had won three straight - the past two by a combined six points - to build some momentum.

But N.C. State didn't do much to reverse its long-running struggles in Chapel Hill, missing 10 of 11 shots to open the game and going 10-for-40 (25 percent) in the opening half to trail 40-23. The Tar Heels pushed that margin to 22 points three times - twice with spurts coming after N.C. State had pulled to within 13 - and never let the Wolfpack get the lead to single digits.

The Tar Heels shot just 41 percent and finished with a 52-36 rebounding advantage, including a 22-12 edge on the offensive glass that led to 20 second-chance points - though they blew plenty of in-close looks and finished just 17-for-45 on shots in the paint.

McAdoo had six offensive rebounds, while freshman Kennedy Meeks had five of his 10 rebounds on the offensive glass.

N.C. State shot 65 percent (17-for-26) after halftime to make things more interesting and finished the game at 41 percent, but it never recovered from its bad start that kept Mark Gottfried's Wolfpack in catch-up mode all afternoon. Warren finished 9-for-16 from the field, while Desmond Lee scored all 18 of his points in the second half.

The Wolfpack scored two straight baskets to start the second half only to see the Tar Heels answer with a 9-0 burst - ending with putbacks from McAdoo and Meeks - that pushed UNC to a 49-27 lead with 17:18 left.

Then, after the Wolfpack made another push to get the gap back to 13 again, the Tar Heels put together an 8-0 run and six straight scoring possessions to push the lead back to 22. McDonald ended that run with a 3-pointer, pushing UNC's lead back to 22 at 68-46 with 8:12 left.

Warren's basket with 90 seconds left cut the deficit to 76-66, but the Wolfpack got no closer.

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SYRACUSE, NY (DUKE) -- Jerami Grant scored eight points in overtime to finish with a career-high 24 and Jim Boeheim's No. 2 Syracuse stayed unbeaten, topping Mike Krzyzewski's No. 17 Duke 91-89 on Saturday in a matchup of the two winningest coaches in Division I history.

C.J. Fair scored a career-best 28 as Syracuse (21-0, 8-0 ACC) set a school record for consecutive wins to start a season.

Playing in front of a charged-up crowd of 35,46, the largest ever at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse remained one of three undefeated teams in the nation, along with No. 1 Arizona and No. 4 Wichita State.

Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon beat the buzzer in regulation with an off-balance 3-pointer that tied it at 78. The Blue Devils led 87-84 with 80 seconds left in overtime before Syracuse rallied.

Jabari Parker had 15 points and nine rebounds before fouling out in regulation for Duke (17-5, 6-3).

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how much is Buzz being paid?

Perhaps a downward salary adjustment is in order.

Can we fire him now? Lost games, lost attendance, lost league respect. Wae need to just have him get lost

I'm afraid we are stuck with him until his contract runs out. This is
what you get when you have two liberal idiot women ( DePaolo and Mertens ) running the university and athletic program.

Great job John covering all sports. The best in the business.