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Awesome playoff results for local high school basketball squads; WWAY's sports - Feb. 26

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- On Wednesday it seemed like every team from our region won. The New Hanover boys won, Whiteville boys, West Brunswick boys, Trask boys, East Bladen girls, East Columbus girls, Ashley girls and Laney girls all won. Split results from Wallace-Rose Hill though. The winners will advance to the third round of the state playoffs on Friday.

The home schedule is now complete for the UNCW men's basketball team. Buzz Peterson's basketball squad lost to Delaware on "Senior Night" at Trask Coliseum. Click on the icon to see game highlights. We've posted a recap article below as well.

Girls Basketball State Playoff Scoreboard

4-A Playoffs
Laney 58 ** Click icon to see video
South Central 44

Ashley 47 ** Click icon to see video
Jack Britt 39

2-A Playoffs
East Bladen 54 ** Click icon to see video
North Pitt 34

1-A Playoffs
East Columbus 47 ** Click icon to see video
Wallace-Rose Hill 25

Boys Basketball State Playoff Scoreboard

4-A Playoffs
New Hanover 55 ** Click icon to see video
Knightdale 53

3-A Playoffs
West Brunswick 70 ** Click icon to see video
Cleveland 51

2-A Playoffs
SW Onslow 59
Randleman 48

2-A Playoffs
Clinton 61
Warren County 45

2-A Playoffs
Fairmont 58
Holmes 47

1-A Playoffs
Trask 71
Spring Creek 36

1-A Playoffs
Whiteville 63 ** Click icon to see video
Kestrel Heights 56

1-A Playoffs
Wallace-Rose Hill 65
Princeton 44

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- Junior guard Jarvis Threatt returned from an eight-game hiatus to score a game-high 24 points and spark Delaware past UNCW, 70-57, in the men’s basketball regular season finale for the Seahawks Wednesday night at Trask Coliseum.

The Blue Hens clinched at least a tie for the Colonial Athletic Association regular season crown to improve to 21-9 in all games and 13-2 in the circuit. UD clinched the season series from the Seahawks after winning, 66-65, in Newark on Feb. 1.

The Seahawks closed with a 6-8 record at home and carry a 9-22 overall record and 3-13 conference mark as the No. 9 seed into next weekend’s CAA Championship in Baltimore.

“I’m very disappointed for our seniors, but Delaware is a very good basketball team,” said fourth-year UNCW Head Coach Buzz Peterson. “Jarvis Threatt makes a huge difference for them. He’s such a crafty player and we had no answer for him tonight.”

Threatt, who missed the last eight games due to a suspension, returned to the floor and didn’t miss a beat, leading five UD starters in double figures with his 24 points on 7-of-10 from the floor and 9-of-20 at the foul line. Senior guard Devon Saddler, graduate guard Davon Usher and junior guard Kyle Anderson each added 11 points and senior forward Carl Baptiste chipped in 10 points and a game-high 16 rebounds for the Blue Hens.

Tanner Milson, playing his final home game for the Seahawks, paced UNCW with 11 points. It was his 122nd career appearance.

In the 25th meeting between the two schools, the Blue Hens, the top free throw shooting team in the CAA at 71 percent for the season, struggled from the free throw line all night, but rallied behind a balanced attack and the crafty play of Threatt.

The Seahawks kept close to the CAA frontrunners most of the contest before the Blue Hens used a 13-3 spurt midway through the second half to gain some much-needed separation.

The Seahawks were still ahead, 43-37, with just over 13 minutes remaining when the Blue Hens made their move. Threat converted a conventional three-point play and Usher drilled a long trey in front of the UD bench to help the Hens grab a 44-43 edge at 11:59.

Saddler’s layup on the left side with 9:46 on the clock then pushed the margin to 50-46 and the Blue Hens closed out the final six minutes with a 16-6 flourish to turn back the upset-minded Seahawks and end UNCW’s three-game home winning streak.

UNCW opened the second half on a tear, scoring the first 13 points and bolting out to a 38-29 cushion over the first place Blue Hens. Delaware missed its first 11 field goal attempts of the second period, allowing the Seahawks to break away temporarily.

Milson opened the run with a three-pointer and closed it with another triple at 15:53 to give the Seahawks a 38-29 bulge before an Anderson three-ball at 15:23 broke the ice for the Blue Hens.

The two teams each converted two of their first six field goal attempts before Threatt connected on a triple from the left wing and made two free throws to help the Blue Hens inch out to a 13-10 advantage with 12:37 left in the first period.

UNCW remained cold from the floor, making just 4-of-15 over the first eight minutes, but hung around because of UD’s poor free throw shooting. The Blue Hens sank just 4-of-12 free throws in the early going and the Seahawks led, 18-16, on a spin move by Cedrick Williams in traffic at 7:28.

Saddler, the CAA’s leading scorer at 20.4 ppg., made his first basket of the game with 6:05 left in the period to tie the game at 20-all and added an acrobatic layup with just over two minutes to go in the first half to put the Blue Hens out front, 24-22.

UD, despite connecting on only 5-of-15 at the charity stripe, then took a 29-25 lead into the break behind Threatt’s 10 points and Saddler’s resurgence late in the period.

UNCW is now idle for nine days until they open play in the opening round of the CAA Championship on Friday, March 7, at the Baltimore Arena.

GAME NOTES: The Blue Hens only had eight turnovers on the night…UNCW shot 28.6 percent in the first half and wound hitting 30.8 percent for the game…UNCW’s six seniors went a combined 9-of-28 from the field…UNCW won the rebounding battle, 50-42…The Blue Hens came up with 10 steals…All 13 players that dressed played for the Seahawks…Senior forward Shane Reybold had nine rebounds to lead UNCW…The Seahawks had 19 offensive boards…UNCW went 5-of-20 from deep…UNCW scored less than 60 points for the 13th time in 31 games.

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Marcus Paige hit a driving basket with 0.9 seconds left to cap a career night and help No. 19 North Carolina beat North Carolina State 85-84 in overtime on Wednesday.

Paige finished with 35 points - 31 after halftime - and seven 3-pointers for the Tar Heels (21-7, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won the 10th straight. UNC needed every bit of that production to outlast the Wolfpack (17-11, 7-8) and league-leading scorer T.J. Warren, who had a career-high 36 points in a losing effort.

The Tar Heels were down 11 points in the first half and by six with 2 minutes left in overtime, , but clawed back to win in a classic finish between nearby rivals.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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COLLEGE PARK, MD (UNCW) -- The 12-time defending champion UNCW men’s team stands second and the women are tied for seventh after the opening day of the Colonial Athletic Association Swimming & Diving Championships at the University of Maryland.

Only five events were contested on Wednesday and the league’s teams return to the water Thursday for the second day of the championships. The scheduled events include the Men's and Women’s 50 and 500 Freestyle, 200 Individual Medley, as well as 200 and 400 Medley Relay. The Men’s 1-Meter diving competition will also take place.

The Seahawks trail William & Mary by just 12 points in the men’s standings after the Tribe picked up wins in the 200-Yard Medley Relay and 800-Yard Freestyle Relay on Wednesday. W&M has 80 points to 68 for Coach Dave Allen’s team.

The women’s team is tied for seventh place with CAA newcomer College of Charleston with 56 points early in the event.

The Seahawks made the podium in three of the four relays on Wednesday.

UNCW placed third in the Women’s 200-Yard Medley Relay when Hannah Stephenson, Jenson Engen, Catherine Gargula and Rachel Sears clocked a 1:40.85 in the finals. The Men’s 200-Yard Medley Relay team of Valterri Halonen, Michael Baric, Zach Sowers and Joe Gallene placed second behind W&M with a time of 1:27.63.

The Men’s 800-Yard Freestyle Relay team of Alex Labonge, Sawyer Dove, Adam Salzman and Gabe Thran broke the school record with a time of 6:33.87. It marked the first time all four swimmers broke 1:40.00 in their legs.

MEN’S TEAM STANDINGS: William & Mary, 80; UNCW, 69; Drexel, 60; College of Charleston, 58; Towson, 58; Delaware, 56.

WOMEN’S TEAM STANDINGS: James Madison, 120; Towson, 111; Delaware, 94; Drexel, 66; Northeastern, 64; William & Mary, 60; College of Charleston, 56; UNCW, 56.

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