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Homecoming loss stings for Seahawks

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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) -- Make sure you catch the Buzz Peterson Show on WWAY on Sunday morning at 11am. Get the coach's perspective on Saturday's loss. WWAY's Coach's Corner on Sunday at 6pm will feature the game as well from a different angle. Find out what some of the Seahawk players had to say about Saturday's loss.

Below is the official news release from UNCW on the CSU-UNCW game.

Charleston Southern used a decided rebounding advantage and scored 29 second chance points to hand UNCW a 63-58 setback in an ESPN BracketBusters series matchup Saturday night at Trask Coliseum.

The Bucs improved to 15-14 overall by beating the Seahawks in their BracketBusters debut. The Seahawks, who dropped to 1-5 in BracketBusters games, had a two-game winning streak snapped and stand 13-15.

Senior guard Jamarco Warren poured in 18 of his team-high 20 points in the second half to spark the Bucs. Junior forward Kelvin Martin added 13 points and nine rebounds for CSU, which won for the first time in eight tries at Trask Coliseum.

Senior playmaker Chad Tomko of UNCW led all scorers with 21 points and went 7-for-15 from long distance. Sophomore forward Keith Rendleman chipped in 12 points and grabbed nine boards.

Tomko made seven straight baskets – all three’s - for the Seahawks during a 14-minute span from the first half to the second half. He added six rebounds, three assists and three steals in 37 minutes on the floor.

CSU shot just 34.4 percent from the floor, but outrebounded UNCW, 47-25, and took advantage of several putbacks to keep the Seahawks at bay.

The Buccaneers of the Big South Conference took a 30-28 lead at intermission on a last-second tip-in and led by as many as seven points down the stretch before the final verdict. CSU wound up outscoring UNCW, 17-7, at the free throw line.

With UNCW leading, 47-46, after Matt Wilson converted a bank shot, Warren scored seven consecutive points, including five of six at the charity stripe. Warren’s driving layup with 4:26 left extended the Bucs’ lead to 53-47.

The Seahawks sliced the deficit to three points four times in the final four minutes, but couldn’t get over the hump. Rendleman connected on both ends of a bonus situation to close the gap to 57-54 with 1:53 on the clock, but Troy Pierce made a baseline jumper and Martin dropped in a pair of free throws wrapped around a Seahawk miss to push the margin back to 61-54 with 41 seconds remaining.

A layup and two more free throws by Rendleman cut the lead to 61-58, but Warren stepped to the line again and iced the game with a pair of charity tosses with 10 ticks on the clock.

UNCW built an early seven-point lead in the first half, but went nearly six minutes without a field goal and CSU capitalized.

After Donte Morales connected on an eight-footer on the left baseline to give the Seahawks their largest lead of the half, 19-12, with 11:15 remaining, the Bucs responded and tied the game at 22-all on a teardrop in the paint by Martin with just over five minutes on the clock.

Tomko made back-to-back triples to tie the score at 28-all, but reserve guard Chris Grier’s tip-in at the buzzer gave CSU a 30-28 edge at halftime. The Bucs held a commanding 25-12 advantage on the boards and used 16 second-chance points to keep pace early.

The Seahawks resume Colonial Athletic Association action on Wednesday when Hofstra visits Trask Coliseum for UNCW’s home finale. The Bucs, meanwhile, entertain Gardner-Webb on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the CSU Field House.

GAME NOTES: It was the first meeting between the two teams since 1984…CSU went 17-for-21 at the free throw line and UNCW went 7-for-8…Keith Rendleman had four blocks as the Seahawks racked up nine blocks…A Homecoming crowd of 4,572 fans witnessed the game…Chad Tomko attempted more steals than the entire CSU squad…Junior guard Trevor Deloach of UNCW did not dress because of an illness…CSU had 23 offensive rebounds to just six for UNCW…The two teams will play again during the 2012-13 season in Charleston…UNCW leads the all-time series, 18-15…The Seahawks are 6-6 in non-conference games and 2-1 against the BSC.

article courtesy UNCW Sports Information

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