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UNCW earns first road win of the season in men's basketball


The UNC Wilmington mem's basketball team picked up their first road victory of the season Monday night. The Seahawks beat George Washington 73-69 in Washington, DC. Freshman guard Tanner Milson was the star of the game with 7 three pointers on 9 attempts. Milson led the Hawks with a career high 25 points. Milson actually started the game in place of Matt Wilson. It was Milson's first collegiate game as a starter. The victory improves UNCW to 3-3 on the season. The Seahawks will begin CAA play on Saturday on the road against George Mason. Former New Hanover Wildcat David Pellom plays for George Washington. In 21 minutes of playing time Pellom scored 9 points.

We have even more details on the game. The article below is courtesy of UNCW Sports Information.

Freshman guard Tanner Milson scored 11 of his career-high 25 points in the final five minutes to ignite UNCW past George Washington, 73-69, in men's basketball action Monday night at the blue and gold spectacled Charles E. Smith Center.

The Seahawks evened their record at 3-3 on the season with the win over the Atlantic-10 Conference opponent. The Colonials, meanwhile, dipped to 2-3 early in the new campaign

"It was just a fine effort by our seniors and the rest of the team," said first-year UNCW coach Buzz Peterson, who employed a smaller lineup most of the night. "Tanner had the hot hand and Chad did a good job of finding him. Our guys really stuck with the game plan."

Milson, a rookie out of Cedar Hill, Texas, registered a new career high in the scoring column for the second straight contest after collecting 11 points in last week's overtime loss at North Carolina A&T. He went 8-for-12 from the floor and drained 7-of-9 trifectas as UNCW went 12-for-22 from long distance.

Milson's 25 points was the most by a newcomer since all-time great John Goldsberry's 26 points in UNCW's loss to Maryland in the NCAA Tournament on March 21, 2003.

Milson was one of four Seahawks in double figures. Senior guards Chad Tomko and Ahmad Grant added 11 points apiece and sophomore forward Keith Rendleman recorded a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds for UNCW, which had 20 assists on 29 buckets.

Freshman guard Nemanja Mikic paced GW with 23 points. Senior center Joseph Katuka and sophomore forward Dwayne Smith chipped in 10 points each for the Colonials. GW wound up shooting 38.5 percent on the night.

Played within a stone's throw of the nation's capital, the game developed into a long distance shootout, with the two teams combining to drain 23-of-49 behind the arc. Milson went 7-for-9 from long range and Mikic sank 7-of-13 from long distance.

With GW leading, 65-60, with just over five minutes left to play, Milson came alive for the Seahawks. He banged in consecutive three-pointers and his second bomb put the Seahawks on top, 66-65, with 4:43 on the clock.

After Wilmington native David Pellom dropped in a pair of free throws to give GW a 69-68 edge, Milson banged in another triple at 1:50 and then tacked on two critical free throws with 11 seconds left to give the Seahawks a 73-69 advantage. Smith then missed a pair of free throws and the Colonials couldn't rally in the closing seconds to keep UNCW from avenging last year's 76-71 loss at Trask Coliseum.

Mikic, who scored 12 of GW's 39 points in the first half, stayed hot after the break and his seventh trey of the game kept GW's lead at five points, 52-47, at the 14:03 mark. After Tomko and Rendleman scored to cut the gap to 52-51, Tony Taylor got into the long distance act, connecting on a three ball to get the margin back to 55-51 at 11:55.

That set up UNCW's furious rally down the stretch when Milson and Tomko took over. With Tomko dishing off several of his game-high 10 assists to Milson, the Seahawks managed to hand GW only its ninth loss in 118 games over the last seven seasons when leading at the five-minute mark.

The Seahawks surprised the Colonials early, grabbing an early 14-3 cushion behind Milson, who scored three straight buckets in the spurt. A steal and layup by Tomko with 14:57 left in the first half gave UNCW an 11-point advantage.

GW trailed, 19-10, when Darryl Felder drained a triple with just over 12 minutes left in the first half before rallying behind Mikic. The freshman sharpshooter from Serbia sank three trifectas in a 14-0 run as GW took the lead. His third trey from the left corner gave GW its first lead of the game, 21-19, at 8:35.

Tomko's three-ball at 4:59 kept the Seahawks close, 32-31, but the Colonials reeled off seven straight points for their largest lead of the first period. A monster dunk by Pellom with 1:30 on the clock gave GW a 39-31 margin. Grant's three-pointer with 1:12 remaining then sliced the lead to 39-34 at intermission.

UNCW returns to the area Saturday for its Colonial Athletic Association debut against longtime rival George Mason at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. Tip-off for the game on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network contest is 7:30 p.m.

GAME NOTES: The Seahawks and Colonials wrapped up a two-game home and home series that began last year in Wilmington...UNCW used a new starting lineup for the first time this season as Buzz Peterson went with four guards and one forward...Milson made his first career start and matched his career high with 11 points in the first half...The Seahawks went 6-for-11 behind the arc in the opening period...GW had 14 assists on 15 baskets in the first period...Rendleman played the final 9:56 of the contest with four fouls...Rendleman also posted a double-double against GW last season...UNCW attempted just four free throws on the night....The Seahawks improved to 23-48 against the A-10.

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