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WWAY's Thursday night sports - Jan. 17

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- We've posted scores and notes from Thursday night's high school basketball action. Click the video icon to see our highlights from the Ashley-New Bern games.
UNION BOYS 55 - MIDWAY 40

ASHLEY GIRLS 66 - NEW BERN 47
BREANNA EDWARDS SCORED A CAREER HIGH 29 POINTS FOR THE SCREAMING EAGLES

ASHLEY BOYS 42 - NEW BERN 37
TREY ELLER LED ASHLEY WITH 10 POINTS

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SAMPSON COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Union High School will host the MLK Basketball Jam on Monday, Jan. 21st with a handful of teams from our region participating. Here's the schedule for Monday's event. $6 admission for the entire day.

10 a.m. - Lakewood vs. Laney (girls)
Noon - Union vs. Goldsboro
1:30 p.m. - Laney vs. Jack Britt
3 p.m. - New Bern vs. Seventy-First
4:30 p.m. - Wallace-Rose Hill vs. Topsail
6 p.m. - Clinton vs. Westover
7:30 p.m. - Hoggard vs.Hoke County

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) - The mother of North Carolina State cornerback David Amerson says her son is skipping his final season with the Wolfpack and entering the NFL draft.

Tawanna Taylor says Amerson submitted paperwork with the NFL before Tuesday's deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft. She says Amerson will work out in Florida to prepare for the draft.

Amerson set an Atlantic Coast Conference record with 13 interceptions and was a second-team Associated Press all-American as a sophomore. But the 6-foot-3, 194-pound cornerback had a bumpy junior season - including being beaten for multiple touchdowns in losses to Tennessee and Miami - before finishing with five interceptions and second-team all-ACC honors.

Team spokeswoman Annabelle Myers says Amerson hasn't announced any draft plans through the school.

(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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)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) - Quarterback Jacoby Brissett is transferring to North Carolina State from Florida.

N.C. State announced the addition of Brissett on Thursday and says he will sit out this season and have two years of eligibility beginning in 2014.

New Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren says he recruited Brissett when he was on the Wisconsin staff and "thinks the world of him as a competitor."

Brissett made three starts and played in 13 games during two seasons with the Gators but was behind Jeff Driskel on the depth chart. He was 23 of 35 for 249 yards and a touchdown in 2012.

N.C. State says Brissett has enrolled for the spring semester and will take part in spring practice.

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

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW)-- Old Dominion used its deep bench and two big runs in the final period to pull away from UNCW, 74-50, in a Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball game Thursday night at Trask Coliseum.

The Monarchs won for the third time in four games to improve to 12-4 overall and 3-1 in the CAA. The win opened a two-game road trip that will take the Monarchs to Hempstead, N.Y., this Sunday to play Hofstra.

The Seahawks, playing at home for the fifth time in six outings, lost their second straight and stand 2-13 and 1-3.

Freshman guard LaQuanda Younger scored all 12 of her points in the first half to lead three ODU players in double figures. Senior guard Jackie Cook added 11 points and senior forward Mairi Buchan chipped in 10 for the Lady Monarchs, who shot 45.9 percent and benefitted from 38 points by reserves.

Senior forward Karneshia Garrett and junior guard Jessica Freeman scored 11 points apiece to pace UNCW. Senior guard Tawanna Lee added 10 points for the Seahawks.

UNCW cut into ODU's 42-28 halftime lead by scoring the first six points of the second period until sophomore forward Shae Kelley banged in a jumper in the paint at 16:30 to key an 11-2 run that pushed the lead back to 53-36. Cook banged in a running jumper near the free throw line to give the Monarchs a 17-point cushion at 11:02.

The Seahawks were still hanging around and only trailed, 53-41, when ODU went on its decisive spurt. The Monarchs reeled off a 12-2 rally, with junior guard Rebecca Allison making four consecutive free throws as the margin ballooned to 65-43 at 4:46.

ODU recorded its largest lead of the contest with just over a minute to play. Junior forward Shakeva Richards picked up a loose ball in front of the Monarch basket and dropped it in the net for a 74-48 bulge.

Old Dominion took advantage of a sluggish start by UNCW to score the first six points of the game and sophomore guard Ashley Betz-White made a layup at 17:43 for a quick 6-0 lead.

UNCW missed its first five field goal attempts before regrouping to score 10 of the next 13 points, capped by Lee's triple from the left wing that gave the Seahawks a 10-8 edge at 14:45.

The score remained close until Younger got hot in the last five minutes. After Brown sank a free throw at 5:55 to narrow ODU's lead to 26-22, Younger drained three straight trifectas, including a triple at 4:16 that extended the margin to 37-24.

ODU's largest lead of the half came with 1:10 remaining Betz-White connected on a three-point shot from the top of the key for a 40-26 cushion.

The Monarchs then took a 42-28 lead into the break when junior guard Michelle Brandao knifed through the Seahawk defense for a layup with one second left on the clock. ODU Head Coach Karen Barefoot used 12 players in the first half and the Monarch bench responded with 27 points in the opening period.

The Seahawks have a week off before returning to the floor on Thursday, Jan. 24, with a 7 p.m. tip-off at Delaware. The Monarchs travel to Hofstra on Sunday for a 2 p.m. clash with the Pride at the Mack Sports Complex.

GAME NOTES: ODU owns a lopsided 44-1 lead in the all-time series...The Monarchs have not lost in Wilmington in 20 tries...Freeman led all players with four assists...UNCW shot 33.3 percent on 18-of-54 field goals...The Seahawks committed 15 turnovers to 14 for the Lady Monarchs...Garrett missed her fifth double-double of the season by one rebound...ODU led, 44-32, on the glass...Freeman added three steals to her stat line...The Seahawks did not have a block in the contest...The two teams will play again on Feb. 3 in Norfolk.

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