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High School Basketball Girls
EAST COLUMBUS 55 – FAIRMONT 27
EAST BLADEN 61 – WEST BLADEN 31
NORTHSIDE 54 – EAST DUPLIN 31
High School Basketball Boys
MIDWAY 60 – UNION 41
FAIRMONT 89 – EAST COLUMBUS 56
EAST BLADEN 58 – WEST BLADEN 54
SAME TWO TEAMS WILL PLAY EACH OTHER ON WEDNESDAY IN 1ST ROUND OF FOUR COUNTY CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
HOGGARD 66 – TOPSAIL 45
JACK BAGLEY AND TRAE BRYANT BOTH HAD 19 POINTS FOR VIKINGS
ASHLEY 68 – LANEY 55
TYRE GATHRIGHT HAD 21 POINTS FOR SCREAMING EAGLES
ASHLEY WILL FACE NEW HANOVER AT 6:00 ON WEDNESDAY AT BCC
WEST BRUNSWICK 60 – SOUTH BRUNSWICK 39
WEST BRUNSWICK WILL FACE HOGGARD ON WEDNESDAY AT 7:45 AT BCC
SOUTH BRUNSWICK WILL PLAY TOPSAIL AT 4PM ON WEDNESDAY AT BCC
WINNER WILL EARN # 2 FOR MIDEASTERN CONFERENCE FOR STATE PLAYOFFS
WILLIAMSBURG, VA (UNCW) -– Slick-shooting William & Mary sank 16 treys and made 56.9 percent of its field goal attempts to outscore UNCW, 93-70, in Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball Monday at Kaplan Arena.
The Tribe swept the regular season series from the Seahawks and improved to 16-9 overall and 8-4 in the CAA. The Seahawks lost their second straight and stand 8-21 and 2-12.
“You saw a team that was pretty hungry from the other night,” said fourth-year UNCW Head Coach Buzz Peterson. William & Mary was coming off an 85-70 loss on Saturday to Towson that dropped the Tribe out of second place. “We were there on the catch, but they just made some big-time shots. We had plenty of opportunities, but we just didn’t finish around the basket.
“You have to give William & Mary credit. They were lights out…they were hot. They’re the most efficient team offensively in our league.”
Senior guard Brandon Britt poured in 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting to anchor three players in double figures for the Tribe, which led by as many as 26 points in the contest. Seven players made a three-pointer as W&M went 16-of-30 from long range, topped by Britt’s 4-of-5 aim.
Junior guard Marcus Thornton, tied with Delaware’s Davon Usher for the CAA’s scoring lead at 19.4 ppg, chipped in 15 points, while senior forward Kyle Gaillard added 14, including three triples.
For the Seahawks, junior guard Addison Spruill and redshirt sophomore forward Luke Hager came off the bench to contribute 10 points apiece. The Seahawks started hot, shooting 51.7 percent in the opening period, but cooled off to finish at 47.5 percent on the night.
In the final road game of the regular season, the Seahawks found it difficult to keep up with the Tribe as Tony Shaver’s high-octane club bolted out to an early lead on 60 percent shooting in the first half and remained on fire most of the night.
It was Britt who had the hot hand early, scoring eight of W&M’s first 11 points, and the Tribe led 14-11 at the first media timeout on 5-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-6 three-balls.
UNCW hung around for awhile behind the play of Hager, and Spruill’s driving layup with 11:30 remaining in the first half gave the Seahawks a 20-19 advantage.
But the Tribe answered with a 17-2 run over the next four minutes and Britt’s layup with 7:37 on the clock staked W&M to a 36-22 margin.
UNCW used an 11-3 spurt to get close, but W&M managed to take a 44-36 lead into the break when Thornton knifed through the middle of the lane for a layup with 28 seconds left in the period.
W&M put the game on ice early in the second period with another big run and the Seahawks played catch up the rest of the way. Leading 54-42 with just over 15 minutes remaining in the game, the Tribe reeled off nine consecutive points to increase the margin to 65-42 at 10:49.
The Tribe later registered their largest lead of the game, 72-46, with 9:11 left when Britt sailed in for a transition layup after a Thornton steal in front of the UNCW bench.
The Seahawks return home for their final two games of the regular campaign, beginning with a 7 p.m. tip-off Saturday against CAA newcomer College of Charleston. UNCW then wraps up the season on Feb. 26 against first-place Delaware on “Senior Night” for Chris Dixon, Tanner Milson and Shane Reybold.
GAME NOTES: It was Altzheimer’s Awareness Night at Kaplan Arena…The Tribe edged the Seahawks, 54-50, on Feb. 5 at Trask Coliseum….W&M had just one personal foul in the first half and ended up with eight in the contest…No Seahawk starter had more than seven points….The Seahawks went 7-of-17 from deep…W&M outrebounded UNCW, 32-26…UNCW’s bench scored 45 of the team’s 70 points…Britt and Thornton combined to go 14-of-22 from the floor…Senior guard Marcus Graham came off the bench to score a career high eight points in six minutes, including a pair of highlight reel slams in the three minutes…UNCW still leads the all-time series, 40-23, and 19-11 in Williamsburg…It was W&M’s fourth straight win over UNCW in the series, the first time that has happened…W&M’s 16 triples was one shy of the most ever made against the Seahawks since the long ball was introduced in 1987.
TALLAHASSEE, FL (AP) – Roy Williams earned his 300th win at North Carolina with an 81-75 win against Florida State as the Tar Heels rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to record its seventh consecutive victory.
North Carolina (18-7, 8-4 ACC) freshman Kennedy Meeks scored a career-high 23 points while Marcus Paige chipped in 20. James Michael McAdoo, who had scored double figures in 17 consecutive games, fouled out without a point.
Florida State (15-11, 6-8) switched up the starting lineup with its NCAA Tournament chances dwindling after losing 6 of 9. Ian Miller made his first start of the season and led the Seminoles with 22 points. His hot shooting out of the gate helped give Florida State a 21-6 lead. Montay Brandon finished with 18 points and Aaron Thomas added 16.
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GREENVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A former South Brunswick High School and current East Carolina University football player is improving at a Greenville hospital.
Terrell Stanley was seriously injured during a car accident Wednesday. ECU says he has been upgraded to good condition at Vidant Medical Center.
“Those who know Terrell fully understand he is a warrior with a relentless and passionate approach to life, both on and off the field,” ECU coach Ruffin McNeill said in a news release. “I can speak for our entire Pirate family in extending our deepest gratitude for everyone who has Terrell in their thoughts and prayers.”
The rising junior had been listed in critical condition after being transported to VMC’s emergency room from the scene on US 264 Alternate.