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Weekly UNCW Men’s Basketball Recap

• 12/3 – UNCW 70 ECU 68 - Seahawks Shackle Pirates In Thriller - Junior forward Cedrick Williams swatted away a game-tying attempt by Prince Williams as time expired to preserve a 70-68 victory for UNCW over East Carolina in college men’s basketball late Sunday at Minges Coliseum.
The Seahawks, playing the middle leg of three games in five days, evened their record at 5-5 with the uplifting victory in the first game played between the two teams since Dec. 3, 2008, East Carolina lost for just the second time this season and stands 6-2.
“Our kids fought all night long and played with a lot of energy,” said fourth-year UNCW Head Coach Buzz Peterson. “I kept feeling good about it because we were scoring when we had to. Cedrick Williams made a big-time play with the block and you have to give him a lot of credit.”
Williams, who shared game-high scoring honors with 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds, was one of four players in double figures for the Seahawks, who shot 53.6 percent in the second half to take down the Pirates. Junior guard Addison Spruill and senior forward Shane Reybold added 15 points apiece and junior guard Freddie Jackson contributed 13 off the bench for UNCW.
Sophomore guard Paris Roberts-Campbell paced the Pirates with 15 points, including 13 in a spectacular first half. Freshman guard Caleb White scored 14 before fouling out late in the game, Rhode Island transfer Akeem Richmond scored 13 and Williams finished with 10 for ECU.
In a see-saw battle that featured five ties and 10 lead changes, UNCW was in control most of the way and strung together six points with just under two minutes left to build a 69-64 lead on a Cedrick Williams monster slam with 30 seconds remaining.
But the Seahawks missed 3-of-4 free throws in the final 30 seconds, leaving the Pirates trailing 70-68, with 6.9 seconds remaining. Prince Williams drove the left side of the lane and Cedrick Williams rose up to slap the ball over the baseline as the horn sounded, setting off a wild celebration on the court by the Seahawks.
After the score was tied at 31-all at halftime, Reybold scored the first four points of the second half to get UNCW off to a good start in the second period and his dunk on a putback with just under 16 minutes remaining put the Seahawks on top, 41-35.
But the Pirates reeled off eight consecutive points to retake the lead, 43-41, on a three-pointer by White at 13:19.
No more than four points separated the two teams the remainder of the game until Jackson scored on back-to-back drives and Cedrick Williams flushed one home to give the Seahawks a five-point advantage with 30 seconds left, setting up the dramatic finish.
Williams scored early and often for the Seahawks in the first half as 20 of UNCW’s 31 points came inside the paint. Williams scored on a turnaround jumper at 14:12 to cap an eight-point spurt and give the Seahawks their largest lead of the first half, 13-5.
However, Roberts-Campbell brought the Pirates back with a hot streak in the middle of the period. Still trailing 15-7, ECU scored twice on buckets by Michael Zangari and Brandan Stith to slice the deficit to 15-11 before Roberts-Campbell caught fire.
The sophomore from Charlotte poured in 13 consecutive points and his three-ball on the right side tied the score at 24-all with 6:38 left in the first half. He wound up the first half with 13 points in the first 20 minutes.
UNCW took a 31-28 edge on a lay-in by Williams in the lane with just over two minutes left, but White scored his only basket of the half with a triple from the right corner with five seconds on the clock to knot the score at intermission.
The Seahawks return home to entertain their second straight state foe when Campbell visits Trask Coliseum on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. tip-off. ECU plays host to Fayetteville State on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
GAME NOTES: UNCW leads the all-time series by a 34-27 margin…The game was the first between the two teams in Greenville since Dec. 22, 2007…UNCW now stands 13-18 lifetime at Minges Coliseum…Peterson stands 3-1 against ECU in his 16-year head coaching career…Ben Eblen dished out a game-high seven assists…The Pirates committed just five turnovers…UNCW owned a 39-34 advantage on the glass…ECU shot 39.3 percent from the floor…The Pirates attempted 11 more three-point field goals than the Seahawks…ECU’s Brandan Stith pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds…Cedrick Williams had three blocks for the Seahawks.
• 11/29 – UNCW 55 Stephen F. Austin 60 - SFA Lumberjacks Prevail Behind Parker - Versatile forward Jacob Parker keyed a 11-2 spurt with six minutes remaining to lift Stephen F. Austin over UNCW, 60-55, in the final game of the Roundball Classic Friday night at Trask Coliseum.
The Lumberjacks of the Southland Conference wrapped up the exempt event with a 3-1 record and hiked their overall mark to 5-2 this season. The Seahawks, playing the first of three games in five days, concluded the event with a 1-3 ledger and dipped to 4-5.
“Stephen F. Austin is a very good basketball team,” said fourth-year UNCW Head Coach Buzz Peterson. “Give them credit. They played very well defensively and we just didn’t make our free throws and had too many turnovers in the game.”
Parker was the catalyst all night for the Lumberjacks in Friday’s non-conference win, connecting on 6-of-10 from the field and 6-of-7 at the free throw line for a team-high 19 points. The 6-6 junior from Bixby, Okla., also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds and added four steals.
Senior guard Desmond Haymon chipped in 12 points for SFA, which overcame 36.4 percent shooting to improve to 3-2 on the road. Sophomore guard Thomas Walkup also contributed 10 points for Brad Underwood’s club.
Junior guard Addison Spruill paced the Seahawks with a game-high 23 point on 8-of-13 shooting and senior guard Tanner Milson added 11 points and a game-high five assists. Junior forward Cedrick Williams, UNCW’s leading scorer and rebounder, was held under double figures for the first time this season and wound up with six points on 2-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-3 at the foul line.
SFA forged out to a 27-26 advantage at halftime and maintained control until Spruill provided a spark for the Seahawks five minutes into the second period. With SFA ahead, 36-35, Spruill connected on the left baseline and reserve forward Dylan Sherwood’s layup at 10:39 put the Seahawks in front, 39-36.
But with the scored knotted at 45-all, the Lumberjacks scored six unanswered points. Tanner Clayton came off the bench to score inside, Parker converted a free throw following a technical foul on UNCW’s Chris Dixon and Parker added  three consecutive free throws by Parker after being fouled on a three-point attempt, increasing the score to 51-45 with 5:31 remaining.
SFA then stretched the cushion to 56-47 when Haymon dropped in the second of two free throws with 1:23 left. The Lumberjacks canned 7-of-10 free throws over the final three minutes to take the first meeting between the two schools.
SFA overcame a slow start from the floor early in the game with a stiff defense, holding the Seahawks scoreless over a 7:24 stretch to grab an early 8-2 lead. The Lumberjacks went on to lead by as many as eight points in the opening period before carrying a 27-26 edge into the break
SFA’s largest lead of the first half came at the 10:36 mark on a Parker slam that gave the Lumberjacks a 12-4 edge.
UNCW next travels to Greenville, N.C., to renew its rivalry with East Carolina on Sunday at 5 p.m. SFA visits High Point on Sunday for a 1 p.m. tip-off.
GAME NOTES: Parker has been SFA’s top scorer in five of seven outings…The Seahawks fell at home for the first time in three tries this season…UNCW  committed a season-high 19 turnovers against the Lumberjacks…The Seahawks went just 15-of-27 at  the free throw line…SFA had 11 steals on the night…UNCW shot 50 percent in the first half and 40 percent in the final period…The Seahawks on the battle of the boards, 39-30…There were four ties and five lead changes in the game…Point guard Ben Eblen did not score for the Seahawks…Milson reached double figures off the bench for the second time this season.