WILMINGTON,NC (UNCW sports release) — Matchups with four NCAA Tournament teams and a home invitational event during the Thanksgiving holiday highlight the 2012-13 non-conference men’s basketball schedule for third-year Head Coach Buzz Peterson and his UNCW Seahawks.
The Seahawks, who went 10-21 overall and 4-7 against non-league opponents one year ago, entertain North Carolina Wesleyan in an exhibition game on Nov. 3 before kicking off the regular season eight days later against UNC Asheville at Trask Coliseum.
The opening date with the two-time Big South Conference champion Bulldogs and veteran coach Eddie Biedenbach launches a schedule that has a distinct regional flavor for Peterson’s retooled club.
“We’re very pleased with the non-conference schedule,” said Peterson, who stands 23-39 in two seasons at UNCW. “We have several good games with regional teams as well as great opportunities against Purdue and Georgia Tech. It’s a challenge that our young team is looking forward to facing.”
After kicking off the season with the Bulldogs at Trask Coliseum, UNCW visits Richmond, Ohio and Purdue in succession. The Bobcats, who reached the Sweet Sixteen last March, return an experienced team and are expected to make another strong run in 2012-13 behind new skipper Jim Christian. OU won the MAC Tournament, defeated Michigan and South Florida in the NCAA’s, and threw a scare into top-seeded UNC Chapel Hill in the regional semifinals before falling, 73-65, in overtime.
The Seahawks are slated to entertain Wofford and Hampton during the Thanksgiving break in “The Classic at Wilmington,” a round robin-style tournament. The Terriers and Pirates battle on Friday, Nov. 23 in a neutral site clash, followed by UNCW vs. Wofford on Nov. 24 and UNCW vs. Hampton on Nov. 25. All three games will tip off at 2 p.m. at Trask Coliseum.
In early December, UNCW travels to Atlanta to battle Atlantic Coast Conference member Georgia Tech at the brand new McCamish Pavilion. It will be the UNCW’s first visit to the Flats since an 87-68 loss to the Yellow Jackets on Jan. 19, 1995, at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
Overall, UNCW has 12 non-conference games against teams from eight different conferences, featuring five at home and seven on the road. The schedule includes first-time clashes with Coker, Purdue and Wofford.
2012‐13 UNCW Non‐Conference Men’s Basketball Schedule
Date Opponent Time
Nov. 3 NORTH CAROLINA WESLEYAN (EXH.) 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 11 UNC ASHEVILLE 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 13 at Richmond TBA
Nov. 16 at Ohio TBA
Nov. 21 at Purdue TBA
The Classic @ Wilmington
Nov. 23 Wofford Vs. Hampton 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 24 WOFFORD 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 25 HAMPTON 2:00 p.m.
Dec. 1 at Marshall TBA
Dec. 5 COKER 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 8 at Georgia Tech TBA
Dec. 15 at Davidson TBA
Dec. 19 UNC GREENSBORO 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 29 at Campbell 1:00 p.m.
All dates and times subject to change.
WILMINGTON,NC (Sharks news release) — After the threat of severe weather forced a 40-minute delay at the start of Monday night’s contest, the visiting Peninsula Pilots (6-8, 18-23-1) brought the thunder that the Wilmington Sharks (7-4, 22-13) thought they’d missed, taking a 10-0 win back home.
Pilots starting pitcher Chris Rowley deserves just as much credit as the offense for the win, holding the Sharks scoreless through eight innings. He made his way through seven without allowing a hit, and had only faced one batter over the minimum on two walks to that point. Rowley surrendered a pair of base knocks in the eighth before he was relieved by Andrew Montague in the ninth. The starter struck out ten Sharks in the outing.
Things didn’t go as smoothly for Sharks hurler Tim Keller, who yielded a run in the first before the visitors dropped five more in the second and added one more against Keller in the third.
Aaron Hoover came out of the bullpen and allowed three more runs in the fourth, which would cap all scoring for the night before he stayed out for two scoreless innings. Justin Livengood finished the game with three strong frames in which he did not allow a run.
Each of the 11 hits by the Pilots, plus both by the Sharks, was a single. Peninsula also drew a total of five walks and took advantage of two defensive errors.
WASHINGTON (AP) – LeBron James scored 30 points and the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team rallied from an early 10-point deficit to beat Brazil 80-69 on Monday night.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden watched the Americans get off to a dismal start, then turn it around by holding the Brazilians to two baskets in the second quarter.
James helped the U.S. pull away in the final four minutes after they led by only seven, getting his final point on a free throw with 31 seconds left as Obama departed.
Kevin Durant added 11 in his hometown for the Americans, who will leave Tuesday for Europe to complete their Olympic preparations. They face Britain in Manchester, England on Thursday before traveling to Barcelona to play Argentina and Spain.
It’s a solid exhibition schedule, and this game showed the Americans have some work to do before they get to London.
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WHITEVILLE,NC (WWAY) — Whiteville native Chris Wilcox is back home in his old stomping grounds. Click here to see what Wilcox is up to and what the NBA standout is having to overcome. http://www.wwaytv3.com/2012/07/16/only-3-road-back-from-heart-surgery-brings-celtics-wilcox-home
LELAND,NC (WWAY) — The host team is still alive in the 2012 Dixie Youth State Baseball Tournament in Leland. Click play video to see how Leland fared against Tryon.
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