Reserve sophomore forward Dylan Sherwood came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points to lift UNCW past second-place Towson 66-53 in a Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball game Monday night at Trask Coliseum.
The Seahawks halted a 14-game losing streak with their first win since Dec. 3, and improved to 7-19 overall and 1-10 in the CAA.
“I knew it was coming, but I didn’t know when,” said Buzz Peterson, UNCW’s fourth-year coach. The veteran coach employed a five-on, five-off substitution pattern that kept his team fresh and puzzled the Tigers. “I’m happy for these young men who stuck together. They fought through these tough times.
Sherwood, who scored 10 points in his previous seven games, with just one three-pointer on the season, went 5-of-8 from the floor, including 4-of-7 from behind the arc. Junior guard Freddie Jackson contributed 11 points for back-to-back double digit performances.
Reigning CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon paced the Tigers with 17 points and 16 rebounds for his 16thdouble-double of the season, keeping him tied for the nation’s high.
The Seahawks wrap up three games in five days on Wednesday when Northeastern visits Trask Coliseum for a 7 p.m. tip-off. Towson visits William and Mary on Saturday in a 4 p.m. game at Kaplan Arena in Williamsburg.
Sea Devils bounce back with win
Three different Sea Devils scored in double-digits Monday night as the Cape Fear Community College men’s basketball team bounced back from a weekend loss with a 79-74 win against Denmark Tech.
“We gritted out a good conference win tonight,” said CFCC Coach Ryan Mantlo. “This was one we could have easily let slip away and I’m proud of how we responded in the second half.”
Osandai Vaughn led the way with 22 points, while Demarcus Sanford chipped in with 17 for the Sea Devils, who moved to 3-2 in Region X play and 13-11 overall. Anthony Vanhook also recorded a double-double with 12 points 11 rebounds in the win.
Cape Fear returns to the floor Friday, Feb. 14, at home against Clinton Junior College as the Sea Devils look to avenge Saturday’s 87-86 setback to Clinton.
Topsail 50 Laney 48
Laney 54 Topsail 31
Tiana Edwards hit for 21 points and backcourt mate Brianna Baham added 13 as Laney defeated Topsail 54-38 at home on Monday night.