West Bladen grad leads Campbell to victory over UNCW in men’s basketball

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BUIES CREEK, NC (AP) — Reco McCarter, Andrew Ryan and D.J. Mason scored 15 apiece to lead Campbell to a 69-63 win over UNC Wilmington on Tuesday in the 100th meeting between the two rivals.

Freshman Troy Harper hit a 3-pointer to give Campbell a 64-58 lead and his long jumper with 23 seconds left gave the Camels a five-point advantage.

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Harper missed the first six games of the season with a broken finger in his non-shooting hand.

Mason came off the bench to hit all six of his field goals for Campbell (6-6). Ryan made 6 of 9 shots, including three 3-pointers. The Camels were hurt by 10-of-20 shooting from the free throw line.

Dylan Sherwood scored 12 points for UNC Wilmington (5-4). Addison Spruill had 11, and Jordan Talley and Craig Ponder had 10 apiece.



Ponder’s reverse layup and free throw made it a two-point game with 3:13 left, but the Seahawks turned it over on their next three possessions.

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Postgame comments from D.J. Mason – “When it all came down to it, we really stepped it up, I mean the young guys, Troy Harper he hit some big shots. Rico got a couple big rebounds and we’re all in this together. We all wanted to win and I felt that too. We got it done.” What does it mean to play and beat UNCW? “It means a lot to me I came in thinking you know they didn’t recruit me, so in my mind they didn’t want me. I was closer to them, so I just wanted to beat these guys, I wanted to win.”

Note: D.J. Mason is a West Bladen graduate. He played for veteran head coach Ken Cross through his year. Travis Pait took over as the West Bladen head basketball coach for Mason’s senior year.

Mason was named the Big South men’s basketball player of the week on Monday.

** We’ll have basketball highlights from Campbell’s victory on Tuesday’s sporstcast on WWAY around 11:20pm. We’ll have postgame reaction as well.