UNCW, CFCC weekend roundup

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Clemson survives late push by Seahawks 

No. 24 Clemson won the doubles point and then claimed three singles victories to defeat No. 48 UNCW 4-0 in men’s tennis early Saturday at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center.

Rafael Aita returned to play for UNCW after competing for his home country of Peru at the Davis Cup.
Rafael Aita returned to play for UNCW after competing for his home country of Peru at the Davis Cup. Photos courtesy UNCW Sports.

The Tigers raised their record to 9-1 on the season in only the second meeting between the two schools. UNCW fell to 1-3, but has played a challenging schedule that has featured No. 14 Florida, No. 35 Florida State and the No. 24 Tigers.

“The doubles point came down to the fact that they got to a better start than us,” said UNCW Coach Mait DuBois. “They came out well and got up a break quickly. We handled it well, but it didn’t go our way.

“In singles, we had some momentum going late in the match and had our opportunities to come from behind at 3-0 to almost get it.”

The Tigers won the doubles point when the No. 3 team of Austin Ansari and Luke Johnson topped Christiaan Van der Burgh and Santtu Leskinen 6-4, and the No. 2 tandem of Alejandro Augusto and Robert Dudley beat Pedro Mol and Kaue Pereira 6-4.

Hunter Harrington clinched the match at the top of the lineup when he defeated No. 42 Rafael Aita, 6-4, 5-6, 6-2. Harrington is now 5-2 in dual matches this spring.

After playing three consecutive road matches, the Seahawks return home to open a five-match homestand on Feb. 15 when Mercer visits the UNCW courts for a Noon test.

Seahawks remain winless in conference

Hofstra rallied from 14 points down at halftime to keep UNCW winless in the Colonial Athletic Association with a 61-52 victory over the Seahawks in men’s basketball action Saturday at the Mack Sports Complex on Long Island.

UNCW blew a double-digit halftime lead on Saturday.
UNCW lost a double-digit halftime lead on Saturday.

The Pride snapped a five-game losing streak to improve to 8-17 overall and 4-6 in the CAA. UNCW plummeted to 6-19 and 0-10.

“It was a game of two halves,” said Buzz Peterson, UNCW’s fourth-year head coach. “They just got into us more in the second half and when they came at us, we were on our heels.

Hofstra graduate guard and leading point producer Zeke Upshaw topped all scorers in the contest with 16 points for his 15th consecutive game in double figures, while sophomore forward Jordan Allen added 15 points and nine boards.

Junior guard Freddie Jackson was the lone Seahawk in double digits and matched his season-high with 15 points. It marked the second game this season UNCW had just one player reach double figures in scoring.

The Seahawks return home to open a two-game homestand on Monday with a 7 p.m. test against Towson. The game was rescheduled following a winter storm that postponed the original Jan. 26 date.

Lady Sea Devils edge Louisburg

Alexis Redd put in a game-high 20 points as the Cape Fear Community College women’s basketball team picked up a season sweep over Louisburg College with a 74-71 win on Sunday.

Shakerya Morrison added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Lady Sea Devils, who moved 5-7 in conference and 13-7 overall. Porsha Buchanan and Kristina Rumplasch also finished in double digits with 10 points apiece.

Cape Fear looks to avenge an early season loss to Brunswick Community College on Wednesday, Feb. 12, as the Sea Devils entertain the Lady Dolphins in their annual Pink Out game at the Schwartz Center to help bring awareness to cancer research.

On the men’s side, Clinton Junior College held off Cape Fear 87-86 on Saturday in South Carolina to snap a season-long five-game winning streak for the Sea Devils.

“We really let one slip away Saturday,” said CFCC Coach Ryan Mantlo. “Hopefully we learn from this and turn this into a positive heading into our next game and down the stretch.”

Anthony Vanhook dropped 30 points to lead the Cape Fear attack, while Osandai Vaughn put in 20.

The Sea Devils fell to 2-2 and 12-11 with the setback. CFCC gets back on the floor Monday at Denmark Tech.

Dragons burn Seahawks in Sunday matinee 

Freshman forward Sarah Curran shared game-high honor with 14 points and Drexel used its stingy defense to handcuff UNCW 57-43 in Colonial Athletic Association basketball action Sunday at Trask Coliseum.

Kelva Atkins put in 14 points to pace the Lady Seahawks on Sunday.
Kelva Atkins put in 14 points to pace the Lady Seahawks on Sunday.

Drexel, the CAA’s second-best defensive unit, snapped a two-game losing streak to square its record at 11-11 on the season and move into a tie for second place in the circuit at 6-3. UNCW dropped its fifth in a row and stands 3-21 and 2-8.

Senior playmaker Kelva Atkins and freshman forward Ryan Flowers had 14 points each for the Seahawks, who meet the Dragons again on Feb. 27 in Philadelphia. Atkins also had nine rebounds, six assists and four steals in a full stat line, while Flowers snared eight rebounds.

Furman edges UNCW in women’s tennis 

Furman won the all-important doubles point and tacked on three singles victories to edge UNCW 4-3 in women’s tennis Sunday at the Mickel Tennis Center.

The Paladins of the Southern Conference improved to 3-2 on the season with the out-of-league victory. The Seahawks stand at 2-1 following Sunday’s loss and a pair of season-opening shutouts of Mercer and Western Carolina.

The Seahawks return to Wilmington briefly before traveling to Elon for a 2 p.m. match on Friday.