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WWAY's Monday night sports - November 18

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MONDAY NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD

Eastern Wayne
New Hanover
(postponed due to scheduling conflict)

Boys Basketball
Dixon 74
Coastal Christian 48

Girls Basketball
Dixon 36
Coastal Christian 45

Check out our game highlights from both games by clicking on the play video icon.

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TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) -- Southern Vance High School eliminated South Columbus High School in the first round of the state football playoffs 12-6. Stallions head football coach Jake Fonvielle tells WWAY that Southern Vance used a player on Friday that wasn't eligible to play due to the player being ejected in the Raiders previous game. North Carolina High School Athletic Association rules state a player has to sit out the next game after being ejected by game officials. A violation of this rule warrants a forfeit by the team in question.

The NCHSAA has already made a ruling that the player will now have to sit out the Southern Vance second round game. South Columbus made an appeal on Monday based on their interpretation of the NCHSAA rules and the idea that the NCHSAA apparently admits they made a ruling before reading an email from the the head official of the regular season finale between Southern Vance and Franklinton.

Southern Vance is slated to play Eastern Randolph on Friday.

South Columbus did not practice on Monday, but the Stallions are prepared to practice on Tuesday if the NCHSAA reinstates them.

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LYNCHBURG, VA (UNCW) -– UNCW’s backcourt tandem of Addison Spruill and Tanner Milson combined for 47 points and the Seahawks converted 31-of-41 free throws to outslug Liberty, 87-76, in a scrappy non-conference men’s basketball game Monday night at the Vines Center.

The Seahawks won their third consecutive game and second straight on the road to improve to 3-2 on the season. The Flames dropped their third straight to plummet to 1-3.

Spruill, a junior college transfer, scored 14 of his game-high 24 points in the second half to share scoring honors with Liberty’s Davon Marshall. Milson added 23 points, including 16 in the opening half, while Ben Eblen and Cedrick Williams contributed 13 and 10 for the winners.

Marshall, a senior guard, paced the Flames with 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Senior guard John Caleb Sanders was the only other player in double digits for LU with 13.

In a game that featured 56 fouls and a whopping 76 free throw attempts, the Seahawks led wire-to-wire to win for the third time in as many tries against the Flames. Fourth-year UNCW Head Coach Buzz Peterson also stayed perfect against Liberty, improving his record to 7-0 against the Virginia-based club.

The Seahawks have reeled off their first three-game winning streak since sweeping four straight games from Dec. 30, 2011, to Jan. 7, 2012.

“I never felt confortable until they missed some shots at the end under 20 seconds,” said Peterson. “We were very flat to start the second half. Tanner had a tremendous first half and Ben did a nice job of making some plays.”

The Seahawks scored more than 80 points for the third straight game after opening the season with sub-par offensive performances in a Midwestern road trip to Iowa and Iowa State.

The Seahawks shot a season-best 52.1 percent from the floor and missed just 10 free throws in 41 attempts for 75.6 percent at the charity stripe. The Flames, meanwhile, struggled early, shooting 29.6 percent in the first half, and improved after intermission to finish at 41.8 percent.

UNCW jumped out to a 36-25 lead at the break behind Milson, who scored 16 points in the period after totaling just 21 points through the first four games of the season. The first of his five three-pointers on the night gave the Seahawks a 14-9 edge and after he sank three free throws in succession, the Cedar Hill, Texas, product drained another triple to give UNCW a 20-9 cushion at the 10-minute mark of the first half.

UNCW then carried an 11-point lead into the break after scoring the final five points of the half, including a 50-foot heave by Milson at the buzzer that electrified the 1,731 fans in attendance.

In the second half, the Flames managed to score the first five points of the period to close the gap to 36-30, but Eblen’s gliding layup with 15:56 remaining delivered the largest lead of the game for the Seahawks, 42-30.

UNCW still led, 51-41, when Spruill connected on a pair of free throws with 11:44 remaining before the Flames rallied. LU chipped away at the lead and closed to within, 58-54, on Tomasz Gielo’s first basket of the game at 7:59. However, UNCW used a 10-3 run to stretch the lead back to 68-57 on Milson’s fifth trifecta with 5:40 left.

The Seahawks sealed the game with solid free throw shooting down the stretch, going a perfect 10-for-10 at the foul line in the final two mnutes.

GAME NOTES: The Seahawks had just nine turnovers in the game and only four in the first half…Williams has reached double figures in scoring in all five games this season…Seven Seahawks finished with at least three fouls…UNCW’s bench contributed 33 points…Each team made six three-pointers…LU pulled down 10 offensive rebounds…Eblen led the Seahawks in assists with five dimes…The Seahawks scored 22 points off turnovers…Spruill and Shane Reybold paced the Seahawks on the glass with five rebounds apiece…LU reserve JR Coronado had a game-high 12 rebounds.

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RICHMOND, VA (CAA) -- Three CAA men’s soccer squads earned berths in the 48-team NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship on Monday as conference champion Drexel was joined by at-large selections Delaware and William & Mary.

It’s third year in a row and 10th time in conference history that three or more CAA men’s soccer teams have made the NCAA Tournament field.

Drexel (9-7-4), which is making its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance, travels to former CAA foe Old Dominion (10-5-1) in first-round action at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The winner will face 6th-seeded Georgetown at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Delaware (14-4-1) will host an NCAA Tournament game for the first time in school history as it entertains St. John’s (10-6-2) in a first round match at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The winner of that contest travels to 8th-seeded Virginia at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

William & Mary (11-5-2) will also renew an old CAA rivalry when it entertains George Mason (12-2-5) at 7 p.m. on Thursday in a first-round match. The winner of that match heads to 7th-seeded New Mexico for a 9 p.m. match on Sunday.

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Three seniors from Wilmington were named all-state in high school soccer on Monday. New Hanover's Tyler George & Matt Johnson, Hoggard's Gus Piepmeyer.

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) - Cam Newton threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn Jr. with 59 seconds left and the Carolina Panthers held off the New England Patriots 24-20 Monday night for their sixth straight victory when officials picked up a penalty flag on the final play.

Stephen Gostkowski's 26-yard field goal put the Patriots up 20-17 before Newton drove Carolina 83 yards on 13 plays for the go-ahead touchdown. The speedy Ginn escaped Kyle Arrington along the left sideline and outraced Logan Ryan to the left pylon for his third touchdown of the season.

Newton completed 19 of 28 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns.

Tom Brady didn't go down without a fight.

With 59 seconds and three timeouts to work with, Brady got the Patriots to the Carolina 18 with 3 seconds left but was intercepted in the end zone by safety Robert Lester as time expired.

Officials initially threw a flag on the play, apparently for pass interference, but then waved it off.

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

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WILMINGTON, NC (TENNIS MEDIA RELEASE) -- Walk in the doors to see Trask Coliseum transformed into a professional tennis arena.

Find your seat as you watch non-stop tennis action as UNCW Men and Women players compete in preliminary doubles matches.

Then it’s on with a day of world-class family fun, on court entertainment, crowd interaction, amazing tennis competition and chest bumping excitement!

The day of tennis will be emceed by the twins’ entertaining father and coach, Wayne Bryan. The world champion Bryan Brothers will interact and play with local players before taking on world ranked players Rajeev Ram and Jarmere Jenkins (after Rajeev and Jarmere compete with each other in a singles match!)

Post Match On Court Fun and Interviews!

SCHEDULE OF THE DAY

9:30-12pm The Bryan Bros. Youth Clinic a UNCW Tennis Courts.
(Only $65…Must register on-line)

1 pm Doors Open at Trask

Preliminary Doubles Exhibition Tennis with
UNCW Men’s and Women’s Tennis Team
2:15 pm National Anthem and Invocation

Intro Bryan Bros. and World Class Players

Bryan Bros play Doubles with
Show Your Love Winners and Other Locals.

Men’s Singles Match with Rajeev and Jarmere

3:30 pm Men’s Doubles Match
Bryan Bros. vs. Rajeev and Jarmere

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