Junior forward Cedrick Williams scored 13 points and senior forward Shane Reybold hauled in a career-high 19 rebounds to fuel UNCW past NCAA Division II foe Wingate 80-61 in men’s basketball action Saturday night at Trask Coliseum.
Williams made 6-of-8 shots and added six rebounds to reach double figures in scoring for the fourth time in as many games this season. Junior guard Freddie Jackson pitched in 10 points, while Reyold and junior wing Addison Spruill chipped in nine points apiece.
Reybold’s monster effort on the boards highlighted a 55-35 rebounding margin for the Seahawks as graduate student Ben Eblen pulled down seven caroms.
With the game knotted at 7-all, the Seahawks reeled off seven unanswered points to take a 14-7 margin and broke away with a 14-4 spurt late in the first period.
A conventional three-point play by Reybold with 4:11 remaining gave the Seahawks their largest lead of the first half, 40-24.
UNCW wound up shooting 46.0 percent on the night, compared to just 28.4 percent for Wingate.
The Seahawks evened their record at 2-2 heading into a three-game road trip next week, beginning with a 7 p.m. Monday date at Liberty.
Cape Fear CC 83 Catawba Valley 59
Four Sea Devils recorded double digits in an 83-59 victory over Catawba Valley at the Region 10 Shootout in Raleigh. Anthony Vahook dropped in 20 points and DeMarcus Sanford added 15 points.
Cape Fear (2-4) entertains Wake Tech on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Atkins paces Seahawks in win
Junior point guard Kelva Atkins exploded for a career-high 28 points and UNCW held off a last-minute comeback by Northern Kentucky for a 65-62 women’s basketball victory Saturday at Trask Coliseum.
Atkins went 9-of-17 from the floor, was perfect on eight attempts at the free throw line, dished out four assists and had three steals in an all-around effort. Freshman guard Brie Mobley chipped in 13 points and newcomer Ryan Flowers grabbed 13 rebounds for the Seahawks.
UNCW looked in good position to nail down its first win of the season with 3:23 remaining when rookie Johanna McMillan rattled in a three-pointer from the right wing to give the Seahawks a 59-47 advantage.
Atkins sank a stepback jumper near the free throw line with 8.6 seconds on the clock to get the margin back to four and the third-year player dropped in both free throws to with the clock winding down to extend the margin back to 65-62.
The Seahawks improved to 1-2 on the season with the non-conference win following a pair of losses to No. 6 Notre Dame and Elon. UNCW returnS to action Nov. 19 when they travel to Campbell for an 11:45 a.m. start.
Cape Fear CC 69 Spartanburg Methodist 53
Eboni Gilliam scored a game-high 16 points and brought down 14 rebounds to pace the Lady Sea Devils in a 69-53 win over Spartanburg Methodist. Kristina Rumplasch matched her teammate’s effort with 16 points and dished out two assists for Cape Fear, who improved to 4-0 on the season.
CFCC returns to action with a 2 p.m tip-off against Clinton Junior College at the Schwartz Center on Sunday.
Seahawk volleyball secures No. 3 seed in conference
Senior Christi Laite recorded 12 kills to lead three players in double figures as UNCW defeated Towson, 3-1 (18-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-15), in Colonial Athletic Association volleyball action Saturday at the SECU Arena.
The Seahawks finished the regular season with a 19-8 overall mark and an 8-6 record in league play as they secured the No. 3 seed for the 2013 CAA Volleyball Championship, scheduled for Nov. 22-24 at the North Charleston Convention Center in Charleston, S.C.
“Once again the team showed great perseverance under pressure,” said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. “Our goal was to run a balanced attack and I felt our setters did just that. Knowing this win solidifies a No. 3 seed for us in the tournament is so gratifying after all the work the team has put in these past few years and especially this season.”
Holding a 22-20 lead late in the third set, UNCW used a pair of kills by Laite and a spike by senior Courtney Porter to score three of the next five points as it recorded a 25-22 decision and took a 2-1 lead.
The two teams would battle back-and-forth early in the fourth set until a service error by the Tigers broke a 12-all deadlock and sparked a 12-3 run that closed out the frame and gave the Seahawks a 25-15 triumph and the match.