Another one gets away from Buzz & company

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Submitted: Sun, 02/09/2014 - 3:07am
Updated: Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:26am

CLINTON, SC (WWAY) — Clinton Junior College nipped Cape Fear Community College 87-86 on Saturday. Anthony Vanhook led CFCC with 30 points.

SUPPLY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick Community College beat USC Salkahatchie 99-90. The Dolphins improve to 6-1 in league play.


HEMPSTEAD, NY (UNCW) — Hofstra rallied from 14 points down at halftime to keep UNCW winless in the Colonial Athletic Association with a 61-52 victory over the Seahawks in men’s basketball action Saturday at the Mack Sports Complex on Long Island.

The Pride snapped a five-game losing streak to improve to 8-17 overall and 4-6 in the CAA. UNCW plummeted to 6-19 and 0-10 and remained in the league’s cellar.

Hofstra graduate guard and leading point producer Zeke Upshaw topped all scorers in the contest with 16 points for his 15th consecutive game in double figures. Sophomore forward Jordan Allen added 15 points and nine boards and graduate guard Dion Nesmith finished with 13 points, four rebounds, five rebounds, five assists and four steals in an all-around game.

Junior guard Freddie Jackson was the lone Seahawk in double digits and matched his season-high with 15 points. It marked the second game this season UNCW had just one player reach double figures in scoring.

“It was a game of two halves,” said Buzz Peterson, UNCW’s fourth-year head coach. “They just got into us more in the second half and when they came at us, we were on our heels.

“We told them at halftime that the score was 0-0 and we play to win. We didn’t stay focused and they took the lead away from us. We looked very timid down the stretch. We tried to encourage them as a much as we could, but it’s just very frustrating.”

On Military Appreciation Night, with camouflage T-shirts plentiful, the Seahawks got off to a torrid start, shooting 65.2 percent in the opening period, before watching the Pride storm back and outscore UNCW, 40-17, after intermission for the stunning comeback.

UNCW started slowly in the second half, but appeared to have righted the ship when junior forward Cedrick Williams scored on a slam dunk with 14:21 remaining to give the Seahawks a 41-26 advantage. It was his only basket of the second half and he finished with a season-low four points for just his fourth game of the season under double digits.

But reserve forward Stephen Nwaukoni converted a conventional three-point play to kickstart a 16-3 run that included Hofstra’s first lead of the game with 5:59 left on Allen’s driving layup. Allen was huge in HU’s second half, scoring 14 of his 15 points after the break.

Hofstra pushed its lead to four points, 50-46, on an Allen free throw at 3:46 before UNCW senior forward Shane Reybold answered with a layup 32 seconds later to narrow the gap to 50-48.

The Pride closed out the game in a flourish and outscored the Seahawks, 11-4, over the remaining 3:14 to sweep the regular season series following a 69-64 verdict back on Jan. 15 in Wilmington.

Cold shooting contributed to UNCW’s collapse in the second half. The Seahawks made just 5-of-20 field goals for 25 percent in the final period, their worst shooting percent in the final period since a 23.9 aim in the season opener at Iowa on Nov. 8.

UNCW dominated the first half with balanced scoring and unselfish play and shot 65.2 percent in the opening 20 minutes on 15-of-23 field goals. With Milson and Dixon each collecting four assists, the Seahawks had 10 assists on 15 baskets in the first period.

Graduate guard Ben Eblen gave the Seahawks a lift early, scoring five of the team’s first eight points as UNCW jumped on top quickly. Eblen’s spin move in traffic with just over 15 minutes remaining helped UNCW take an 8-4 edge.

The Seahawks maintained the four-point lead until the midway point in the period when Milson entered the game and made his presence known. Milson drained back-to-back triples as part of a 10-3 spurt and the Seahawks increased their margin to 25-14 with 8:44 remaining in the half.

UNCW registered its largest lead of the first stanza with 47 seconds remaining when Chris Dixon banged in a jumper from the left elbow and the Seahawks took a 35-21advantage into the break.

The Seahawks return home to open a two-game homestand on Monday with a 7 p.m. test against Towson. The game was rescheduled following a winter storm that postponed the original Jan. 26 date
GAME NOTES: UNCW led at halftime for only the fifth time this season…UNCW had 14 assists on 20 field goals…Hofstra grabbed 10 steals…The Seahawks were outscored at the free throw line, 18-8…The Pride won the battle of the boards, 32-25…Williams and Reybold did not have an offensive rebound…UNCW’s bench outscored its counterparts, 29-7…The Seahawks went 4-of-13 from deep and the Pride was 3-of-13…Milson and Dixon each had five assists…Hofstra now leads the all-time series, 15-14…The Pride is 8-5 against the Seahawks at the Mack Sports Complex…The game began a stretch of three games in five days for UNCW.

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9 Comments on "Another one gets away from Buzz & company"

taxpayer II
2015 years 8 months ago

How Bass could even justify giving him a contract extention does not
speak highly of Bass’s logic. What an idiot!! Buzz his the highest
paid coach in the NCAA averaging 10 wins or less in a season and he
gets a contract extention? DePaulo and Merhtens were incompetent, but Jimmy you got to do way better than this or your history along with Buzz!!

Dub fan no more
2015 years 8 months ago

I wonder if Buzz will get to finish this record setting season or will he be allowed to finish?

If I recall the administration made Moss leave after 2 poor seasons.
This buzz clown got a contract extension after 3 of the worst seasons in a watered down CAA!
What a bunch of idiots running that program. I am so glad our highschool teams avg more fans than our hawks.

Buzz is the biggest flop and worse coach UNCW has ever had!!

2015 years 8 months ago

It’s not just money and attendance. The athletes get to register for classes before the other students. This preferential treatment is abhorrent.

2015 years 8 months ago

Will never happen Vog46. Yes student fees apply to all enrolled but are not strictly for athletics. For that matter guest lecturers, speakers, concerts, and public forums are also supported by the assessment of these fees.

I see nothing wrong with subsidizing athletics at a public university. After all this university offers one of the best deals for a higher education in the country.

Weather you believe it or not, athletics are a very important cog in the wheel of college life, at least for me it was. You are just plain wrong on this one.

It is time for Peterson to move on and if he had any guts at all he would resign on his own accord and spare the University the financial burden of paying for his inability to raise the standard of performance. But He won’t. And the powers that be won’t act either so more or less all is mute.

2015 years 8 months ago

But Peterson NEEDS to be fired and all sports at UNCW need to be eliminated.
Mens basketball is the “flagship” sport yet attendance is down this year.
3030 at the last home game.
Other sports like Volleyball get attendance of less than 200 people. Swim meets? Less than 200 people.
Taxpayers are funding programs that are wasting money and a LOT of it.
Not only that – but fees are applied to ALL students at UNCW so that 1.3% of the student population can play sports. This is socializing the financial losses for the “chosen few”. Yes, I know – it’s good for the student athletes and builds character….yadda, yada, yadda.
Sorry but keep the sports that are the closest to being financially at break even and ditch the rest. NC taxpayers can no longer afford this folly. UNC Chapel Hill has TV monies and endorsement monies coming in (as does NC State I believe). BUT schools like UNCW and Pembroke do not.
C’mon folks – grow up – it’s time to end this local agony….


2015 years 8 months ago

I make no bones abut it – I have what is called an unpopular opinion about this. But you made the mistake of admitting that athletics was important, at least to you.
That makes you PART of the 1.4% that benefited from the thousands that pay for the facilities, the grounds keeping, the pool boys etc,,,,,,when in fact these sports are so poorly attended they have become a city wide joke. What makes this worse is that the CAA is so spread out with schools in Rhode Island? So we send our swim team there (and their team here) to be watched by 195 people? And WE are EXPECTED to pay for this because athletics is so important to them?
This is the most egregious waste of taxpayer monies I’ve seen ! Let the athletes go to Chapel Hill ! I’d take serious students over athletes any day.
But I do know this is unpopular so lets compromise – keeps mens baseball and womens softball and mens and womens basketball AND ELIMINATE EVERYTHING ELSE.
UNCW sports is not worth the money and the athletic boosters and alumni just don’t raise enough money.
And for God’s sake fire any coach making more than $100K per year…..


2015 years 8 months ago

Your opinion may be unpopular, but you are not alone. It is not right for the struggling families to have to pay more in tuition to subsidize these mediocre sports teams. They are money pits. And what they pay Peterson is downright outrageous. I wonder if the tickets they sold even amounts to his salary. I doubt it. The majority of the attendance is students and they get in free.

Athletics isn’t the only waste. Every freshman has to take a class called “Freshman Seminar”. It is a semester dedicated to getting the students acclimated to college life. I guess you can’t go to college just to get an education anymore. You are forced to live the college experience. In addition to that, they print new books every year. No getting some of your money back on that one.

2015 years 8 months ago

We “send” sports teams to far away places for sports like volleyball. Send them to play at the University of Rhode Island, as an example. The travel costs are enormous. Or URI sends their team here only to see less than 200 spectators in the seats. And this is cost effective? Hardly.
it is socializing hte losses for the few (1.3%) who take part in the sports programs. How much does it cost each student?
Here’s the breakdown of student fee allocation:

Athletics, intramurals, field operations account for almost 50% of all fees.
For what? Losing records? So that 1.3% can soothe their egos?
UNCW is an institution of higher learning – funded in large part by taxpayers. Its time for THEM to get an education. End sports programs at lesser known schools like UNCW. Not only are they lesser known but they are performing poorly. No TV deals for UNCW, Alumni donations are down, booster clubs aren’t raising enough money, and sports attendance is down too.
End it……..


Robert Green
2015 years 8 months ago

Time for UNCW to accept reality on many fronts. They paid their nomadic coach a handsome salary based on name recognition and desperation at the time. They can not afford to fire him at this time due to their feeble finances .UNCW has never had an eye for coaching talent and many fans lost interest when Brad Brownell was ran off. Carpaccio and DePaolo are the origins of the cancer that destroyed their athletic programs. Then you bring in an equally incompetent AD Mehrtens and you have this sad state of affairs. UNCW does not have regional appeal therefore you will never be a successful program. UNCW is a lower tier program barely able to balance their books without riding on the backs of their students to subsidize a lousy product. Time to focus on academics and play at the D II level because your coffers are not deep as your Big Brother in Chapel Hill, who are able to establish and finance an infrastructure for institutional cheating that permits top notch talent ,reading at a fifth grade level , to play ball.