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WWAY's Wednesday night sports - March 5

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Wednesday night high school scoreboard

Girls basketball state playoffs

Reidsville 41 ** Click video icon to see game highlights & postgame reaction
East Bladen 37
Eagles end season at 28-2. Lacey Suggs led East Bladen with 22 points, 9 for 18 from the field, 18 turnovers in all by the Eagles

Boys basketball state playoffs

Orange 69
West Brunswick 56 ** Click video icon to see game highlights & postgame reaction
Zarie Hankins led the Trojans with 11 points. Trojans shot 38% from the field, 21 turnovers in all by the Trojans

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STATESBORO, GA (UNCW) -- Freshman Annika Sillanpaa served up the clinching match in her first collegiate appearance as the UNCW women's tennis team blanked host Georgia Southern, 6-0, in a rain-delayed match Wednesday at the Wallis Tennis Center.

The Seahawks improved to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in road matches with the non-conference victory over the Eagles. Georgia Southern fell to 4-6 this spring.

Due an extended rain delay, the two teams played singles first and did not compete in doubles play.

"It was a very good team win today," said second-year Head Coach Evan Clark. "We got pushed at a lot of spots and responded very well. Our team handled less than ideal conditions very well today and came out ready to go after a long rain delay."

Junior Alyssa Ritchie got things rolling for the Seahawks with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 4 singles against Mary Phillips Smith. Alix Theodossiou then cruised past Caitlin Kitchen, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 6 to raise the score to 2-0.

Senior Olga Blank, playing No. 2 singles, pushed the margin to 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-3 conquest of Jordana Klein and Sillanpaa, from Tampere, Finland, nailed down the match with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 verdict over Stephanie Woods at the No. 3 position.

In other matches for the Seahawks, No. 1 Angie Sekely defeated Paola Garrido, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 1-0 (10-4) and Christine Kharkevich outlasted Giulia Riepe, 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 at No. 5 singles.

The Seahawks next play Richmond on Sunday, March 9, at 12:30 in Charleston.

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CONWAY, SC (AP) - Arlon Harper scored 20 points and Will Saunders added 18 as Charleston Southern, the No. 5 seed out of the North Division, beat Campbell, seeded fourth from the South Division, 81-71 in the opening round of the Big South Conference tournament Wednesday night.

Charleston Southern (13-17) trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half and went into the break down 42-33.

The Buccaneers hit 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions during a 13-5 spurt early in the second half to make it 53-50 with 13 minutes left.

A 13-3 run a few minutes later gave CSU its first lead, 68-64, since the game's opening minutes, when it led 2-1.

Charleston Southern dominated the glass, outrebounding Campbell 41-26 overall and 13-4 on the offensive glass.

Reco McCarter paced the Fighting Camels (12-20) with 19 points.

The Buccaneers will take on Coastal Carolina in the quarterfinals on Friday.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) - Al Jefferson scored 34 points in Charlotte's 109-87 victory over the Indiana Pacers 109-87 Wednesday night that gave the Bobcats their fifth straight home win.

Jefferson was 16 of 25 from the field and had eight rebounds for the Bobcats (28-33), who equaled their combined win total from the previous two seasons.

Jefferson, whose 38-point, 19-rebound effort Monday night was overshadowed by LeBron James' career-high 61-point outing, has scored at least 20 points in 21 of his last 24 games.

Charlotte became the first team since the 2009-10 Knicks to play the NBA's top four teams in consecutive games. They previously lost to San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Miami on the road.

Evan Turner had 22 points for the Pacers (46-15), who lost back-to-back games for only the second time this season.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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CHARLESTON, SC (UNCW) -- Freshman Brie Mobley poured in a career-high 29 points and junior Kelva Atkins added 21, but College of Charleston held on for an 85-77 victory over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Wednesday at TD Arena.

In the regular-season finale for both programs, the Cougars improved to 16-13 overall and 9-7 in league play while the Seahawks slipped to 4-26 and 3-13.
Mobley was 10-of-18 from the floor while Atkins was 8-of-17 from the field to pace a UNCW lineup that shot 40.6 percent from the floor for the contest, including a 19-of-37 performance in the second half. Freshman Ryan Flowers joined the duo in double figures with 14, 12 of which came in the second half.

Seniors Afreyea Tolbert and Alyssa Frye scored 16 and 14 points, respectively, to lead a CofC lineup that shot 52.8 percent from the floor and had four players reach double figures. Junior Mikaela Hopkins added 11 points and fellow junior Jazz Green pitched in 10 markers to join Tolbert and Frye in double figures.

UP NEXT: UNCW opens the 2014 CAA Women's Basketball Championship against William & Mary in a first-round contest on March 13 at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md. Tipoff for the contest is slated for Noon. College of Charleston will be the No. 3 seed and will face No. 6 seed Towson in quarterfinal-round action on March 14.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Moments after an 11-3 run gave College of Charleston its largest lead of the game, 69-50, with 9:05 remaining in the contest, a three-pointer by McMillan sparked UNCW to a 20-6 run that cut the Cougars advantage to 75-70 with 3:22 left to play.

The two teams traded points over the next 1:41 before junior Christy Hewatt knocked down three straight free throws to push the CofC lead to seven, 82-75, with 39 seconds on the clock. A pair of free throws by Atkins with 29 seconds remaining pulled UNCW within five, but Tolbert converted three of four tosses at the charity stripe over the final 14 seconds to determine the final eight-point margin. Earlier in the contest, CofC used a 17-6 spurt to erase an early 2-0 deficit and build a 17-8 cushion. A 4-1 spurt later in the first half gave the Cougars their largest lead of the half, 30-12, before the Seahawks responded with eight of the next 10 points to trim their deficit to six, 32-26, at the three-minute mark. CofC regained its momentum seconds later, using a free throw by Tolbert to close the first half on an 8-2 spurt and take a 40-28 advantage into the locker room. The two teams would trade baskets over the first eight minutes of the second half before a three-pointer by Frye sparked the Cougars to their 11-3 spurt and set up the Seahawks comeback attempt.

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE: The two teams combined for 78 points in the paint, with UNCW holding a slim 42-36 edge in that category … Both teams shot 69 percent at the free-throw line as UNCW was 20-of-29 (.690) from the stripe while CofC was 25-of-36 (.694) … UNCW was just 1-of-15 (.067) from three-point range while CofC was 4-of-7 (.571) … The two teams combined for 49 fouls (UNCW 25, CofC 24) … UNCW held a 20-9 advantage in points off turnovers as they forced CofC into 19 turnovers … Both teams shot better than 50 percent from the floor in the second half (UNCW 19-of-37; CofC 14-of-26).

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