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WWAY's Wednesday night sports - Dec. 19

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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) -- We've posted scores and notes from Wednesday night high school basketball action below.

JACK BRITT BOYS 59 - ASHLEY 52

ASHLEY GIRLS 49 - JACK BRITT 48
FELICITY HAVENS HIT THE GAME WINNING FREE THROWS FOR THE SCREAMING EAGLES

UNION BOYS 58 - NORTH DUPLIN 50

SW ONSLOW BOYS 67 - LANEY 60
TARIQ LANEY LED THE BUCS WITH 14 POINTS

LANEY GIRLS 57 - SW ONSLOW 12
BUCS REMAIN UNDEFEATED

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AUSTIN,TX (AP) - Sheldon McClellan scored 18 points and struggling Texas upset No. 23 North Carolina 85-67 on Wednesday night.

Julien Lewis added 16 points for the Longhorns (7-4), who are off to their worst start since coach Rick Barnes' first season in 1999 while playing without star guard Myck Kabongo. The NCAA is investigating the sophomore's relationship with an agent and the Longhorns have given no indication when or if he'll return.

Reggie Bullock led the Tar Heels (8-3) with 18 points. It was the first loss for North Carolina since being clobbered by then-No. 1 Indiana on Nov. 27, and this was mostly another humiliation after trailing by as many as 19 points.

North Carolina cut the deficit to four points in the second half before Texas sealed the badly needed victory.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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DURHAM,NC (AP) - Seth Curry scored 20 points, Mason Plumlee added 18 and No. 1 Duke reeled off 23 straight points in an 88-47 rout of Cornell on Wednesday night.

Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon had 16 points and Quinn Cook had a career-high 12 assists while showing up all over the box score for the Blue Devils (10-0).

Playing as a top-ranked team for the 210th time under Mike Krzyzewski - but the first since February 2011 - they posted two key season highs, shooting 56.7 percent and forcing 26 turnovers, while holding the Big Red scoreless for an 8-minute stretch when the game got away from them.

Shonn Miller had 12 points to lead Cornell (4-7). The Big Red missed their first 10 shots of the second half and shot 22.6 percent over the final 20 minutes to lose their third in four games and falling to 0-4 all-time against No. 1 teams.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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WILMINGTON,NC (UNCW) -- UNCW raced out to a 21-point halftime lead and cruised behind 50.8 percent shooting to thump state rival UNCG, 87-73, in a pre-Christmas men’s college basketball pairing Wednesday night at Trask Coliseum.

The Seahawks snapped a two-game losing streak to move to 5-6 on the season in only their fifth home appearance of the season. The Spartans dropped their second straight to fall to 2-7 early in the campaign.
UNCW placed three men in double figures for the third time this season. Senior forward Keith Rendleman racked up his fourth double double of the season and the 26th of his career with 23 points and 12 boards. Freshman guard Craig Ponder added 19 points and sophomore guard Freddie Jackson scored a career-high 14 points.
Junior guard Trevis Simpson paced three Spartans in double digits with 19 points. Derrell Armstrong added 18 and Kayel Locke had 12 to round out UNCG’s double figure scorers.

In the first meeting between the two teams since 2007, the Seahawks came out firing, hitting their first five field goal attempts, and limited the Spartans to just 5-of-18 from the field over the first 10 minutes to build an insurmountable cushion.

UNCW wound up shooting a season-best 50.8 percent from the floor, while UNCG managed a sub-par 36.8 percent, including 29.4 percent (10-34) in the first half. The Seahawks also set season highs for rebounds with 48 caroms and assists with 15 dimes.

Sophomore forward Cedric Williams hauled in a game-high 15 rebounds for the Seahawks while adding four blocks.
Trailing 49-28 at halftime, the Spartans chopped the deficit to 14 points behind Simpson before the Seahawks held on down the stretch. Simpson scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half, but the Spartans could not overcome the large deficit.

After Simpson opened the scoring with a three-pointer just 26 seconds into the contest, the Seahawks reeled off 12 consecutive points to build an early advantage. Ponder had two triples in the run and his second trifecta with 16:39 remaining in the opening half staked the Seahawks to an early 12-3 margin.
The Spartans chipped away at the deficit and narrowed the lead to 16-12 when Locke sank the second of two free throws at 12:46. However, UNCW scored seven straight points to push the lead back to 23-12, capped by a Rendleman jumper on the left elbow at 11:24.

The lead ballooned to 29-14 with 8:52 left in the first period on a conventional three-point play by Cedrick Williams and UNCW increased the cushion to 39-22 on a massive dunk by Rendleman at 4:33. Rendleman then tacked on a jumper on the left wing with eight seconds left to give the Seahawks, who shot 54.3 percent in the opening period, a 49-28 bulge at intermission.

UNCW takes a break for the Christmas holiday before returning to action on Dec. 29 with a 1 p.m. matchup at Campbell. UNCG entertains Wake Forest on Dec. 22 in a 2:30 p.m. clash with the Demon Deacons.

GAME NOTES: The Seahawks only committed one turnover in the first half … UNCW improved to 5-0 at home this season … UNCW is 15-19 against non-conference competition in Buzz Peterson’s three years … The Spartans own a 3-2 advantage in the five-game series … UNCW finished 2-1 against Southern Conference opponents this season and stands 41-51 lifetime against the league.

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