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WWAY's Wednesday night sports - Jan. 9

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

WALLACE-ROSE HILL BOYS 78 - MIDWAY 63
MARQUEL NEWKIRK LED THE BULLDOGS WITH 29 POINTS

FAIRMONT BOYS 79 - WEST BLADEN BOYS 75 IN OT
SHEMAR BARFIELD LED FAIRMONT WITH 20

WEST BLADEN GIRLS 55 - FAIRMONT 48
LEXI STORMS HAD 13 POINTS & 13 REBOUNDS FOR THE KNIGHTS

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HARRISONBURG, VA (UNCW) -– Senior forward Rayshawn Goins kickstarted James Madison early and the Dukes did the rest, scoring 29 points off 21 turnovers and holding UNCW to a season-low 27.5 percent shooting in a 78-50 Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball romp Wednesday night at the JMU Convocation Center.
The Dukes snapped a two-game losing streak and evened their record at 8-8 overall, 2-1 in the CAA. The Seahawks slid to 5-10 and 0-3.

Goins, a 6-6, 265-pound wide body from Cleveland, Ohio, led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-13 from the field and 3-3 at the charity stripe. Senior guard A.J. Davis added 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench and freshman guard Andre Nation chipped in 12 points.

Senior forward Keith Rendleman was the lone Seahawk in double figures for the fourth time this season with 17 points. He finished just 5-of-14 from the field with only three rebounds on his stat line after averaging a double-double.

“We felt good going into the game and we started the game 8-0, but we had many more opportunities to score in transition,” said third-year UNCW skipper Buzz Peterson. “I felt like we lost the game by not finishing those opportunities. We also had too many turnovers that turned into points on the other end.
“JMU has a lot of weapons that can hurt you. They’ve had some injuries and other issues and they have a good basketball team when they’re all on.”

The loss was the 15th in a row on the road for the Seahawks going back to last January and the ninth straight road defeat this season. The 27.5 percent shooting aim was also the lowest in Peterson’s three seasons.
After a strong start, the Seahawks cooled off quickly and wound up connecting on just 14-of-51 field goals on the night, including 3-of-15 from long distance. JMU, meanwhile, was around 50 percent most of the night and ended up at 49.2 percent on 30-of-61 from the floor.

UNCW jumped on JMU in the opening minutes and scored the first eight points of the contest for an early 8-0 advantage. Rendleman’s jumper on the right baseline had the Seahawks out of the gate with an eight-point outburst.

With Goins leading the way, JMU regrouped and reeled off nine consecutive points in the front end of a 15-1 run to take control. Goins scored seven of the nine points in the front half of the run and a dunk by A.J. Davis capped another spurt to five JMU a 15-9 edge at 9:40.

Sophomore forward Cedrick Williams then scored on a layup and Rendleman added a pair of buckets to tie the game at 15-all with just over eight minutes remaining in the first half.

JMU, however, closed out the final eight minutes of the half by outscoring the Seahawks, 23-6, to take a comfortable 38-21 advantage into the break. Goins had 14 points and Davis scored 11 in the opening 20 minutes and 14 turnovers in the first half dug a deep hole early for Buzz Peterson’s club.

UNCW continued to misfire early in the second half, missing its first nine field goal attempts, as JMU opened the final period with a 10-3 run to expand the lead to 48-24. The Dukes enjoyed their largest lead of the game with 3:49 remaining when reserve guard Arman Marks swished a three-pointer on the left wing for a 77-40 bulge.

The Seahawks return to Trask Coliseum to open a two-game homestand Saturday with a 2 p.m. televised matchup with George Mason. The Dukes entertain preseason CAA favorite Drexel on Saturday at 4 p.m.

GAME NOTES: The Seahawks are now 33-30 lifetime against the Dukes…UNCW stands 10-17 all-time at the Convo….Buzz Peterson is now 4-17 on the road in the CAA since taking over the UNCW program three years ago…The Seahawks are in a stretch of three games in eight days…The Seahawks are 2-5 against JMU head coach Matt Brady…JMU ended up with just nine turnovers…JMU outscored UNCW in the paint, 40-18…Four of UNCW’s five starters had at least three turnovers each…UNCW’s starting guards went 4-of-24 from the field…UNCW won the rebounding battle, 38-26…It was UNCW’s fourth straight loss in Harrisonburg.

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WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) - C.J. Harris scored 16 points to help Wake Forest hold off Virginia 55-52 on Wednesday night.

Travis McKie added 14 points for the Demon Deacons (8-6, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who led by 14 points midway through the second half before holding off a rally by the Cavaliers in the final 6 minutes. Wake Forest won despite shooting just 26 percent (5 of 19) after halftime and going the final 10 minutes without a field goal.

Instead, the Demon Deacons clung to their lead by knocking down just enough free throws to stay ahead, the last coming when Harris hit two with 5.3 seconds left for what turned out to be the final margin.

The Cavaliers (11-4, 1-1) had one more chance, but Jontel Evans threw the ball away on the wing and Joe Harris couldn't collect the ball in time for a desperation 3-point heave before the horn sounded.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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RALEIGH, NC(AP) - Lorenzo Brown had 21 points and 10 assists and No. 20 North Carolina State pulled away late to beat Georgia Tech 83-70 on Wednesday night for its ninth straight win.

Scott Wood added 20 points and C.J. Leslie had 19 in his 11th straight game in double figures for the Wolfpack (13-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

The nation's most accurate shooting team shot 50.9 percent and needed a late surge to remain on a roll heading into its biggest game of the season - a visit Saturday from top-ranked Duke.

Robert Carter Jr. had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Mfon Udofia added 13 points for the Yellow Jackets (10-4, 0-2).

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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CHARLOTTE,NC (AP) - The Carolina Panthers have hired New York Giants senior pro personnel analyst David Gettleman as their new general manager.

The team announced the decision Wednesday afternoon after interviewing Gettleman earlier in the day.

A person familiar with the situation says the Panthers also interviewed Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson on Wednesday. The person said the Panthers Tuesday interviewed Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross and Montreal Alouettes general manager Jim Popp for the position. The person spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the Panthers have not announced who they interviewed for the position.

Gettleman replaces longtime Panthers GM Marty Hurney, who was fired six games into the season.

Carolina finished the season 7-9.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) -- If things had gone as planned, Alfy Hill would have won a second straight national championship with Alabama Monday night. Instead, the former West Brunswick High School star is heading to a school closer to home.

"The Robesonian" newspaper reports Hill has committed to UNC Pembroke. Academic issues kept the defensive end out of Alabama after he signed in spring 2010.

He's made stops at four other schools and committed last spring to play at South Carolina.

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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) -- In women's college basketball Cape Fear CC beat Lenoir CC on Wednesday 76-71.

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