Weekend sports update


CHARLOTTE, NC (PANTHERS) — The Panthers’ season came to an end with a 23-10 loss in the divisional round to the San Francisco 49ers at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday.

“This is a terrible ending to a great season,” quarterback Cam Newton said.

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After the Panthers took a 10-6 lead in the second quarter, the 49ers scored 17 consecutive points to pull away for the victory.

Carolina penalties – along with an interception by linebacker Patrick Willis – helped facilitate a 6-0 San Francisco lead.

The Panthers appeared poised to take their first lead on the first play of the second quarter, but quarterback Cam Newton was stopped for no gain on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line.

Carolina’s defense responded by forcing a three-and-out. On the first play of the ensuing Panthers’ possession, Newton lofted a perfect pass to wide receiver Steve Smith down the sideline for a 31-yard touchdown, giving Carolina a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter.

After Tolbert was stopped for a loss on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line later in the second quarter, the Panthers elected to take a 24-yard field goal and a 10-6 lead.

San Francisco jumped back in front in the closing seconds of the first half as tight end Vernon Davis hauled in a 1-yard touchdown in the back corner of the end zone.

Following a Carolina three-and-out to start the second half, the 49ers extended their lead to 20-10 with a 4-yard touchdown run by quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

They extended the lead further when Phil Dawson converted a 34-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter.

49ers safety Donte Whitner intercepted Newton’s pass for tight end Greg Olsen at the San Francisco 9-yard line with 4:22 remaining in the game.


DURHAM, NC (WWAY) – The New Hanover boys basketball team beat Durham Hillside 73-71 in overtime on Saturday. Hillside beat New Hanover in girls basketball 74-49.

Ridell Camidge 19pts,6reb, 4asst
ShawnRobinson 16pts
Brad Hitchman 15pts,6 reb
Lawrence Williams 10pts, 9 reb


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)-— As part of the celebration of the centennial of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association honored 200 athletes on Saturday night in Cary. (100 male and 100 female) This includes WWAY Full Court Press co-host Chasity Melvin. See photo above. WWAY’s Trot Nixon was recognized, but Nixon didn’t attend the ceremony.

100 TO REMEMBER – We’ve listed a few of the female athletes below that were honored on Saturday in Cary.

Leah Mackley – Former standout athlete at Pender High

Courtney Melvin – Former basketball standout at East Bladen High

Chasity Melvin – A 1994 graduate of Lakewood High where she and her two sisters, Danielle
and Jimmelle, helped lead the Leopards to a NCHSAA 1-A state basketball championship in 1994.went on to star for N.C. State under Kay Yow, racking up over 2,000 points and 2,000 rebounds in her collegiate career. helped guide the Pack to its first ever Final Four appearance in 1998.entered the WNBA in 1999 and has had successful stints with the
Cleveland Rockers, Washington Mystics and Chicago Sky. Co-host of WWAY’s Full Court Press during the basketball season every Friday night.

Janetta Robinson – Former standout athlete at Pender High

Kay Yow – Former NC State women’s basketball coach

Susan Yow – Former UNCW women’s basketball coach


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Visiting Hofstra shot a blistering 61.1 percent from the floor in the second half to overcome a 24-point outburst by UNCW freshman Brie Mobley in a 64-55 victory over the Seahawks in a Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball matchup Sunday at Trask Coliseum.

The Pride snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 6-8 overall and 1-2 in the CAA. The Seahawks dropped their 13th in a row to fall to 1-15.

Senior guard Annie Payton paced Hofstra with 14 points and senior forward Anma Oneyuku registered a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Mobley, a newcomer from Winter Haven, Fla., exploded for a career-high 24 points, eclipsing her previous career best of 20 points. She connected on 12-of-15 field goal attempts and was the lone Seahawk in double figures on the day.

Kelva Atkins, UNCW’s leading scorer at 16.1 ppg, finished with just six points on 2-of-13 shooting, well below her season average.

Hofstra inched out to a 29-27 lead at halftime and used a combination of efficient offense and tight defense to finally break away in the final three minutes. The Pride made 11-of-18 shots in the final period and held the Seahawks to35.5 percent during the span to secure their second road win in seven tries.

Hofstra scored the first two baskets of the second half to match its largest lead of eight points, 35-27, before the two teams traded buckets over the next six minutes. The Pride still led, 48-41, after Onyeuku’s layup with 11:53 remaining before Mobley scored twice and Ryan Flowers converted a layup to pull the Seahawks within 48-47 at 9:28.

Still clinging to a 51-49 edge with 7:30 left, the Pride gained some separation with a five-point spurt to build the lead back to seven points. Elo Edeferioka scored on a layup to cap a six-point rally that kicked off a 9-1 run that made the difference.

Hofstra recorded its largest lead of the game with 2:03 remaining when Payton sank a pair of free throws for a 60-50 margin.

Eight different players scored in the first half as Hofstra took a narrow 29-27 advantage into intermission behind Payton’s 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Mobley kept the Seahawks close with 12 points on her own on 6-of-7 from the floor as UNCW shot 50 percent from the floor.

In the early going, the Seahawks scored seven straight points to grab a 7-2 lead before Hofstra went on a 13-0 tear. Payton came off the bench to score seven points in the spurt, including a three-pointer from the left wing that capped the run and gave Hofstra a 15-7 cushion.

The Seahawks responded, however, by scoring 10 of the next 11 points to forge out to a 17-16 edge. Atkins sank a jumper on the right wing to help UNCW take a one-point advantage with 9:28 left in the first period.

Each team had 18 turnovers in the contest and Hofstra used an experienced front line to parlay a 30-14 advantage in the paint.

The Pride answered with a seven-point rally to jump back ahead 23-17 on Onyeuku’s layup before carrying a two-point lead into the break.

The Seahawks travel to defending CAA champion Delaware on Friday, Jan. 17, for a 7 p.m. contest. The Pride entertains CAA newcomer College of Charleston on Friday at Noon in Hempstead, N.Y.


SUPPLY, NC (CFCC RELEASE) — The Brunswick Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams swept a Saturday doubleheader from Cape Fear CC on Saturday.

Cam Jones had a game-high 29 points to lead BCC past the Sea Devils 84-67 in Region X play, and the Lady Dolphins handed CFCC its first loss of the season 79-74 in the early tip-off in Supply.
On the women’s side, Crystal Smith and Kenedria Smith guided BCC to their fourth straight win with 18 points apiece. Eboni Gilliam had a big game in the setback as the sophomore recorded a double-double with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Kristina Rumplasch added 11 points and 10 boards, while Shanta Williams chipped in with 10 for the Sea Devils.

The Lady Phins improved to 9-5 overall, while Cape Fear dropped to 11-1 and 1-1 in conference. The Lady Sea Devils continue their four game road trip on Monday, Jan. 13 at Wake Tech. The Dolphins travel to Wake Tech on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Jacques Chambers added 15 points and Chris Pompey finished with 13 for the men as the BCC snapped a four game losing streak with the victory. Anthony Vanhook had 23 points for Cape Fear.

The Sea Devils (0-1, 7-10) get back into action at home on Friday, Jan. 17 against Denmark Tech. Brunswick Community College heads to South Carolina on Saturday, Jan. 18 for a date at Spartanburg Methodist.


TOWSON, MD (UNCW) -– Towson and reigning CAA Player-of-the-Year Jerrelle Benimon have not lost this season in pristine SECU Arena, their sparkling new black-and-gold facility situated adjacent to the old Towson Center.

And they still haven’t.

Benimon, a skilled 6-8, 245-pound senior, netted 20 points on an assortment of moves and hauled in 17 rebounds as Towson edged UNCW, 60-53, on the second leg of UNCW’s two-game swing to the Northeast early Saturday.

The Tigers improved to a perfect 9-0 at SECU Arena by overcoming 34 percent shooting and UNCW’s valiant defensive effort on a rainy day in Towson. Pat Skerry’s ball club stands 10-6 overall after taking its Colonial Athletic Association debut and has reeled off three straight victories.

UNCW, meanwhile, is going the other direction, suffering its seventh consecutive loss since a 69-50 dismantling of Campbell back in early December to fall to 6-12 and 0-3.

Benimon, who attempted just four field goals in the first half, led all scorers with his 10th double-double of the season and his 15 consecutive game scoring in double figures. Sophomore shooting guard Four McGlynn was the only other player in double figures with 11 points for the Tigers, who committed just six turnovers in the game.

Senior guard Chris Dixon paced UNCW for the third time with 17 points. Junior forward Cedrick Williams added 15 points and junior guard Addison Spruill had 11 points and a career-high nine rebounds.

“I felt like we played well enough to win the game,” said fourth-year UNCW Head Coach Buzz Peterson. “When it gets down to crunch time, we have to find ways to make stops. That makes the second straight game on the road where we were right there. It was a very good college basketball game.”

The Seahawks held Benimon in check early and trailed by just two points at intermission, 26-24, before the Tigers held on down the stretch and made several critical plays in the final minute against the upset-minded Seahawks.

The game was tied at 30-all with 16:47 remaining when Towson pieced together an 8-0 mini-run for a 38-30 cushion. Benimon scored eight of his team’s first 12 points in the half and wound up with 16 points and eight rebounds in the last 20 minutes.

The Seahawks were still behind, 55-46, with 3:20 left, but staged a late rally to vault back into the game for the second straight outing. Dixon’s layup with 1:58 on the clock pulled the Seahawks within, 55-51, but Marcus Dumas responded with a bank shot and Towson added four free throws in the final minute to nail down the home win.

UNCW opened the game well and freshman Chuck Ogbodo, making his first career start, sank a jumper along the left baseline to give the Seahawks a 9-5 edge with 13:29 remaining in the first half.

But Towson scored 11 of the next 12 points to gain control. Sophomore forward Timajh Parker-Rivera got things started with a free throw and McGlynn drained a long three-pointer from the right corner to give the Tigers a 16-10 advantage. The lead ballooned to 26-17 on Rafriel Guthrie’s triple in the same spot with 5:21 left in the first half before the Seahawks rallied.

UNCW scored the final eight points of the half and held Towson scoreless the rest of the way to climb within, 26-24 at the break. The Tigers managed just 32 percent shooting in the opening period and had just six points in the paint against the Seahawks.

The Seahawks return to Trask Coliseum to kick off a two-game homestand on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. tilt against Hofstra’s Pride. It will be new Pride skipper Joe Milhalich’s first trip to the Port City. Towson travels ot Drexel Tuesday, Jan. 15, for a 7 p.m. clash with the Dragons.

GAME NOTES: Towson has now won four in a row over UNCW…UNCW still leads the all-time series, 16-13, with a 13-9 edge since the Tigers joined the CAA…Coach Buzz Peterson stands 5-25 in CAA road games…UNCW has not won in Towson since Feb. 12, 2011…It marked the third straight game the Seahawks have been an opponent’s CAA opener…The Seahawk bench was held scoreless for the first time this season…Towson finished with a 38-35 rebounding edge…UNCW has just eight miscues…The Seahawks went 2-of-14 from three-point range…The Seahawks scored 24 of their 53 points in the paint…UNCW held Benimon to just three offensive rebounds.


RALEIGH, NC (NCSU) — The NC State men’s basketball team dropped a 76-45 decision to the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday at PNC Arena. Desmond Lee and Ralston Turner each scored 10 points on the afternoon for the Wolfpack.

“Virginia played terrific basketball,” NC State head coach Mark Gottfried said. “In the first half, I’m not sure if they could have played any better and I’m not sure if we could have played any worse. It was a perfect storm. In the first half, they clicked on every cylinder and we played very poorly. It was a tough day.”

Virginia opened the game on a 17-4 run en route to a 48-25 halftime lead. Following intermission, State was not able to cut into the UVA advantage as the ACC’s second-best scoring defense held the Wolfpack nearly 30 points below its season average of 74.5.

Joe Harris and Mike Tobey each scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Cavaliers (12-5, 3-0 ACC).

For its next game, NC State (11-5, 1-2 ACC) will play at Wake Forest on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Tip-off at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum is scheduled for 9 p.m


CLEMSON, SC (DUKE) — Jaron Blossomgame feels he’s finally ready to make an impact for Clemson. Beating No. 16 Duke was a great way to start.

Blossomgame had career highs of 14 points and 14 rebounds, plus hit two critical 3-pointers to move the Tigers in front for a 72-59 win Saturday, sending the Blue Devils to their first 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference start in seven years.

Blossomgame was one of the Tigers’ most highly regarded recruits two years ago, but missed his freshman season after breaking a leg. He had a second surgery on that this summer and the 6-foot-7 freshman has taken his time this season finding his way.

“This is big day for me, my breakout game,” Blossomgame said. “I’ve had a rough start, but I’m trying to get back into the flow of things.”

His big shots helped turn Duke’s 10-point first-half lead into a Clemson runaway.

Blossomgame’s 3-pointer with 9:27 left put the Tigers (11-4, 2-1 ACC) out front, 52-50, for the first time since the game’s early moments. With the game tied at 54-all moments later, Blossomgame struck from left corner to give Clemson the lead for good.

Quinn Cook’s three with 6:20 to go cut Clemson’s lead to 59-57, but the Blue Devils (12-4, 1-2) managed only two foul shots the rest of the way to end a five-game win streak over the Tigers.

K.J. McDaniels had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Clemson. Landry Nnoko also had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Nnoko had four of the team’s seven blocks while McDaniels had the rest.

Duke coach Mike Kryzewski said Blossomgame’s shooting “definitely turned the tide in their favor.”

Rodney Hood led the Blue Devils with 20 points. Jabari Parker, who had Blossomgame guarding him much of the game, scored 15 points, only five after halftime.

“We’re not some powerhouse,” Kryzewski said. “We need to get a lot better.

Clemson coach Brad Brownell was angry with his team at halftime because they didn’t attack the basket the way he’d hoped. “He kind of got at me and made more aggressive than I had been,” said Rod Hall, who had 11 points in the second half for Clemson.

Hall pushed the pace right after halftime, scoring on three driving layups to as Clemson cut into what had been a 10-point Duke lead.

Duke also lost its shooting touch. The Blue Devils made just eight of 32 shots in the second half and could not keep up with Clemson’s defense.

“The longer the game went on I think we convinced ourself that we could win the game,” Brownell said.

Blossomgame bettered his career marks of nine points set against Massachusetts and nine rebounds set against Davidson, both games coming last month at the Charleston Classic.

Duke entered the week with its lowest ranking in six years and rebounded with a 79-57 victory at home over Georgia Tech on Tuesday night. But the Blue Devils were back on the road where prized freshman Parker struggled in 79-77 loss at Notre Dame last Saturday. He had just seven points, the first time he’d failed to break double digits this season.

Parker took care of that issue early, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and collecting 10 points in the first six minutes as the Blue Devils moved in front 15-11. Parker missed the only two other shots he took as Clemson’s best-in-the-nation defense clamped down on Duke.

Still, the Blue Devils methodical style gradually pushed the lead to 36-26 when Clemson went without a field goal for nearly six minutes late in the period.

That’s when McDaniels hit a 3-pointer and Harrison followed with a jam to cut the lead in half. Amile Jefferson made one of two foul shots to send Duke to the locker room with a 37-31.

When Parker’s production slowed down, Hood picked it up with 11 points down the stretch.

While it the Tigers were down, the offensive showing was a big improvement from two nights earlier when they were held to 30 percent shooting in a 56-41 home loss to Florida State. Clemson made 42 percent of its shots and had just seven turnovers against Duke’s pressure.

The sold-out crowd at Littlejohn Coliseum got a treat at halftime when the football team came out and posed with its Orange Bowl trophy. The football Tigers finished with their second straight 11-win season and finished ranked eighth in the final AP poll.


SYRACUSE, NY (UNC) — SYRACUSE—No matter how many games you attend, your vantage point almost always determines what you see. Sit across from the benches, and you’re going to be captivated by the interplay between coaches and players, the way the coaches work the officials, and the antics on the bench. Sit behind the benches near midcourt, and you’ll notice the speed of the game, how fast things change from offense to defense—especially when Carolina is really playing well—and the split-second decisions required to make it all work.

But when you sit on the baseline, you get less of a sense of the speed of the game and more of a feeling of the power involved. And from that spot at the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon, it was readily apparent that Syracuse had significantly more ferocity around the basket than their visitors from Chapel Hill.

Give the Carrier Dome crowd credit. They’d prepared a festive welcome for their new conference brethren. Even with a noon tip-off, the crowd of 32,121 was not late arriving. The public address announcer introduced the Tar Heels as “one of the most storied programs in the history of college basketball,” like he was giving the ramp-up to a heavyweight fight.

It felt very much like Kenan Stadium the first couple of times Florida State visited Chapel Hill to play football. There was a newness and an excitement that won’t be present ten years from now, but was palpable in the opening minutes. Blue and orange balloons cascaded down from the very distant 300 level when C.J. Fair scored the first Syracuse basket.

Ultimately, those opening minutes were the only part of the game when Carolina really competed with the nation’s second-ranked team.

“Those first six, eight or ten minutes we were aggressive and involved,” Roy Williams said. “After that, they were so much more aggressive and had so much more intensity than we did.”

Now, sometimes “effort” and “intensity” are code words for something else, like the other team simply being better. But go back behind the basket and watch the battle under the rim. Any time—literally, any time—a ball bounced off the iron, it was swarmed by two or three long Syracuse arms. When a ball popped free near the sideline, other than one instance when Leslie McDonald dove on a ball near midcourt, there were those white Syracuse uniforms diving on it.

How little did Carolina want to play around the rim? The Tar Heels failed to draw enough fouls to get into the one-and-one in either half, the first time anyone could remember that happening in the Roy Williams era. Syracuse’s starting five was whistled for a staggering three fouls in a combined 180 minutes of court time. Carolina’s nine free throws attempted were the fewest since the Tar Heels shot just six in the blowout at Miami last year. Don’t misunderstand that as a commentary on the officiating. On Saturday, the fouls that were committed were called, it’s just that Carolina infrequently got the ball close enough to create any contact.

“They were more alert, more assertive and more intense,” Williams said. “It seemed like every loose ball didn’t just bounce their way, they went and got it.”

Other than James Michael McAdoo, who contributed 15 points and nine rebounds and was a major factor in his 35 minutes, the Orange zone almost completely neutralized the Tar Heel post game. There simply was no room to operate inside, a frustrating reality for an area of the game that is supposed to be a strength this season.

Think about how poorly you perceive that Carolina shot on Saturday afternoon. You’re right—the Tar Heels hit just 39.2 percent from the field. Now consider this: Syracuse actually shot worse, at 35 percent. They won the game not on the first shot, but on the second (and sometimes third) attempt.

“This was a defensive effort game,” said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, whose postgame press conference may still be going. “We got loose balls, we got on the floor, and we made a lot of really good hustle plays. That was the difference. We got a lot of extra possessions in this game and I thought that was really the difference.”

In fact, the way Williams tracked it, those hustle plays created seven extra possessions in a game that Syracuse won by 12.

“Their want-to was the difference,” McAdoo said. “At certain times there was a ball on the ground, and the better team is going to come up with that.”

The loss leaves Carolina a full week to ponder being 0-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the second time in program history. But it also leaves them with a full week to ponder what should be the afternoon’s most disturbing quote.

“They played harder than us,” said J.P. Tokoto, who had eight rebounds in his 34 minutes.

That’s a quote that should sting, no matter what your vantage point.


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Results from Saturday’s high school swim meet in Wilmington.

Hoggard 170
Ashley 110
New Hanover 81
Laney 76

Hoggard 166
New Hanover 127
Ashley 77
Laney 77


FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Laney High School finished in 3rd place out of 24 teams at the Boneyard Bash wrestling event in Fayetteville on Saturday. Cole Plott and Brian Capps both won their weight divisions.


CHARLESTON, SC (UNCW) -– UNCW’s men’s program won 10 events as it rolled to an impressive 149-80 win at the College of Charleston in a Colonial Athletic Association meet. CofC rebounded though with a narrow 128-115 win on the women’s side on Saturday.

Seniors Gabe Thran and Christian Cremer led UNCW in the men’s side, both winning a pair of events. Thran, who ranks among the CAA top times in most freestyle sprints, won the 200 Free and later added a first-place showing in the 100 Free, Cremer added wins in the 400 and 800 Freestyles.

Senior Emily Schwartz won the 200 and 400 Free events in the women’s meet. Sophomores Jenson Engen and Danielle Binkauskas earned wins in the 200 Breaststroke and 800 Free, respectively.
Adding event wins for the Seahawk men were Drew Gaertner (50 Free), Michael Baric (200 IM) and Valtteri Halonen (200 Back).

In diving, freshman Nate Lane won the 1-meter with a score of 273.97 points while Chase Seymour, a junior, scored 211.50 points in winning the 3-meter board.

In relay action, UNCW’s men’s 200 Medley Relay of Halonen, Baric, Zach Sowers and Joe Gallene opened the meet with a win.

UNCW improved to 33-0 all-time against Charleston’s men’s program while the women dropped to 30-3.
The Seahawks host Wingate on Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. when they next return to the pool.