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Submitted: Sun, 01/05/2014 - 2:30am
Updated: Sun, 01/05/2014 - 3:09am

WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — Sophomore guard Charles Cooke scored a game-high 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting, including a pair of critical free throws with 23 seconds remaining, as James Madison edged host UNCW, 60-55, in the Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball opener for both teams Saturday night at Trask Coliseum.

The Dukes won their third straight game and fourth in five outings to improve to 6-9 overall and 1-0 in the CAA. The Seahawks dipped to 6-10 and 0-1 with their sixth consecutive loss in CAA debuts.

“We’re obviously disappointed with losing,” said fourth-year UNCW Head Coach Buzz Peterson. “I thought James Madison with their zone, but that’s no surprise to us. They packed it in and we’re going to see a lot of that.

“I liked the way we scrapped back to tie it up, but we just couldn’t make plays at the end. We just have to get more consistent play.”

Cooke, a second-year player from Trenton, N.J., missed just three field goal attempts and grabbed nine rebounds to pace the Dukes, who shot 45.1 percent from the floor. Andrey Semenov was the only other player in double figures for JMU with 13 points.

Junior forward Cedrick Williams and junior guard Freddie Jackson led UNCW with nine points apiece. Williams also collected a game-high 11 rebounds and four blocks in a career-high 38 minutes.

The Dukes, now 3-6 away from home, never trailed in the contest and survived a late charge by UNCW to claim their third victory in a row in Wilmington. It was JMU’s fourth consecutive CAA-opening win against UNCW without a loss.

After JMU freshman guard Jackson Kent scored on a putback of his own miss with 7:49 remaining, the Seahawks scored six straight points and a layup by redshirt sophomore forward Dylan Sherwood knotted the game at 53-all with just over five minutes remaining.

But Semenov scored on a layup and Kent connected on another jumper from the left elbow to give the Dukes a four-point edge before UNCW’s Craig Ponder dropped in a pair of free throws to slice the lead to 57-55 with 32 seconds left. Cooke then made two free throws and Semenov added another charity toss to seal the Dukes the final verdict.

JMU took advantage of UNCW’s early cold spell to grab control of the contest. Leading 5-4, the Dukes reeled off 11 unanswered points and Cooke’s layup at 14:52 gave JMU a 16-4 cushion. Four different players scored in the spurt for JMU, while UNCW missed eight of its first 11 field goal attempts.

The Seahawks cut into the margin and narrowed the deficit to seven points, 29-22, on Chris Dixon’s triple from the top of the key at 4:20. A 7-0 spurt help the Seahawk creep to 33-29 with 1:33 left in the first half when Luke Hager converted a layup.

But the Dukes converted both ends of a bonus situation and a short jumper to carry a 37-30 lead into intermission. Cooke had 13 points at the break as the Dukes shot 50 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Seahawks in the first period, 20-12.

The Seahawks open a two-game road swing to the Northeast on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. matchup against Northeastern at historic Matthews Arena before moving down to Towson for a Saturday tilt with the Tigers. JMU travels to Charleston for a Monday date at the College of Charleston.

GAME NOTES: Redshirt freshman C.J. Gettys made his second career start for the Seahawks…UNCW played without injured players Shane Reybold and Chuck Ogbodo…JMU wound up with a 40-29 advantage on the glass…Both teams had 11 turnovers…There were two ties in the game…JMU went 11-of-19 at the free throw line and UNCW made 13-of-23 free throws…The Dukes scored 30 points in the paint…UNCW outscored JMU, 25-23, in the second half…All 10 players that suited up scored for the Seahawks…UNCW stands 3-4 at home this season…Taylor Bessick also had nine boards for the Dukes, who featured four players with six or more rebounds.


Women’s College Basketball

Cape Fear CC 77
Black Hawk East College 43

CFCC women improve to 11-0 overall. Porsha Buchanan led the Sea Devils with 20 points. Kristina Rumplasch added 16 points, Shanta Williams 13 points.


High School Basketball
Saturday results for Cape Fear Academy Challenge

Cape Fear Academy 38
Topsail 22

West Brunswick 70
Coastal Christian 18

Harrells 57
South Brunswick 35

Topsail 41
Cape Fear Academy 33

West Brunswick 59
Coastal Christian 51

Harrells 60
South Brunswick 42


ATHENS, GA (NCSU) – The NC State swimming & diving team returned to action on Saturday afternoon against University of Georgia for its first meet of the new year. The men’s squad was edged by the 10th-ranked Bulldogs, 156-142, while the women’s team was defeated by the reigning NCAA Champion and 4th-ranked Georgia squad, 186-113.

On the men’s side, Boffa finished with a time of 1:38.59 in the men’s 200 freestyle and captured first-place in the event. Seniors David Williams (1:40.23) and Miesfeld (1:40.23) also posted strong performances, as they tied for third.

Junior Stephen Coetzer captured first-place honors in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:48.73, while Bilis posted a time of 20.35 in the 50 freestyle for top individual honors.

State will return to competition against Villanova on Friday, Jan. 10 at 5 p.m.

Note from WWAY: Coetzer is a Laney graduate. He’s back in the pool after battling a knee injury at the beginning of the swimming season. Congratulations to Coetzer for winning the 200 backstroke today in Athens for the Wolfpack.


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Swim results from a swim meet at UNCW on Saturday are posted below:

Hoggard 161
New Hanover 125
Topsail 102
West Brunswick 19

Hoggard 152
New Hanover 137
Topsail 82
West Brunswick 57

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Submitted: Sun, 11/04/2012 - 1:08am
Updated: Sun, 11/04/2012 - 3:26am

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – Phillip Sims ran for one touchdown and threw for another, and Virginia routed North Carolina State 33-6 on Saturday to snap a six-game losing streak.

Kevin Parks rushed for 115 yards and a late 31-yard touchdown for the Cavaliers (3-6, 1-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Their defense more than doubled its season total for takeaways with five while holding N.C. State to 19 yards rushing, and their offense rolled up 446 total yards to lead Virginia to its first ACC win.

Sims was 8 of 10 for 115 yards with a 38-yard touchdown pass to Tim Smith and a 1-yard TD run that started the scoring for Virginia. Backup Michael Rocco added an 18-yard touchdown pass to Darius Jennings.

Mike Glennon finished 23 of 46 for a season-low 197 yards with four turnovers – three interceptions and a fumble. The Wolfpack (5-4, 2-3) has 19 turnovers in their four losses.

Glennon’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Mario Carter with 6:30 left helped N.C. State avoid its first home shutout since it lost 37-0 to Maryland in 2007.

A Virginia defense that entered with four takeaways all season was dominant all day with six sacks, three picks, two fumble recoveries and a safety which came when Will Hill wrapped up Glennon in the end zone as he intentionally spiked the ball into the turf. That made it 16-0 with 3:17 before the break.

Virginia extended its lead to 23-0 on its first possession of the second half, when Smith got behind Dontae Johnson and Sims found him in the end zone. Drew Jarrett kicked a 33-yard field goal on the second play of the fourth to make it 26-0. Parks then broke his long touchdown run with 4:28 left.

This one could have been even worse had Virginia not blown a golden opportunity moments before halftime.

Jake Snyder recovered Glennon’s fumble at the Wolfpack 19 with 38 seconds left. Virginia lined up to go for it on fourth-and-goal from the 1, but receiver Jake McGee was called for a false start, and Ian Frye pushed a 22-yard field-goal attempt wide right.

The Cavaliers jumped on N.C. State early, scoring on their first offensive series and leading 14-0 after one quarter. That turned out to be a bad omen for a slow-starting N.C. State team that fell behind by multiple scores in the first quarters of each of its previous three losses.

Sims led the Cavaliers methodically downfield on their first drive and capped it by scoring on a rollout from 1 yard out less than 5 minutes in. It came two plays after he dropped a sure-thing touchdown pass from tailback Perry Jones in the end zone on a trick play, then crumpled to the grass in embarrassment.

Two series later, it was Rocco’s turn to lead a scoring drive. He found a wide-open Jennings at the left pylon to give Virginia its first two-score lead since Sept. 29 against Louisiana Tech.

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WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) – Michael Campanaro caught three first-half touchdown passes from Tanner Price and Wake Forest took a step closer to becoming bowl eligible with a 28-14 win over Boston College on Saturday.

Campanaro tied an Atlantic Coast Conference record with 16 receptions for 123 yards and became only the eighth player in school history to catch three TD passes in a game.

Price was outstanding, completing 39 of 57 passes for 293 yards as the Demon Deacons (5-4, 3-4) bounced back from a 29-point thrashing last week to No. 9 Clemson.

Wake Forest came in with the lowest-scoring offense in the ACC, but looked sharp early with Price hooking up on touchdown strikes of 5, 27 and 16 yards to Campanaro to build a 21-7 halftime lead.

Chase Rettig threw for 357 yards for Boston College (2-7, 1-5), but turned the ball over four times, three of those on interceptions.

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Tajh Boyd threw for 344 yards and tied a school record with five touchdown passes for the second straight week to help No. 10 Clemson beat Duke 56-20 on Saturday night.

DeAndre Hopkins caught three of those TD tosses in the opening quarter for the Tigers (8-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who scored 42 points by halftime and rolled to their fifth straight win – all by at least 14 points. Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant also had first-half touchdown catches, helping Clemson rack up nearly 500 yards by halftime and 718 for the game.

The win moved Clemson into a tie with No. 9 Florida State atop the ACC’s Atlantic Division, though the Seminoles beat the Tigers in September for the head-to-head tiebreaker in the division race to reach the ACC championship game.

The loss dropped Duke (6-4, 3-3) a game behind Miami for the Coastal Division lead.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


High School Soccer Playoffs – Saturday

Topsail 8
Reidsville 0

Southern Nash 3
South Brunswick 2

Jacksonville 7
West Brunswick 1

Jordan Matthews 2
Richlands 0

Swansboro 2
East Duplin 0

Clinton 2

Dixon 2
Manteo 1

SW Onslow 6
Ayden-Grifton 1

Cleveland 2
White Oak 1

New Hanover 1
Garner 0

Hoggard 2
South View 0
Gus Piepmeyer and Mohammed Ismail scored second half goals for the Vikings. Hoggard at New Hanover (3rd round….tentatively set for Wednesday, November 7 at Legion Stadium)


Men’s College Basketball:

Cape Fear CC 116
Wytheville 72

Parris Manning led the SeaDevils with 27 points


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Tanner Milson’s game-high 19 points led three Seahawks in double figures as UNCW raced past visiting North Carolina Wesleyan, 90-51, in a men’s college exhibition game on Saturday at Trask Coliseum.

The Seahawks improved to 41-5 all-time in exhibition games and extended their winning streak to 24.
Joining Milson, who knocked down 5-of-8 attempts from deep, in double figures was junior guard Chris Dixon with 11 points and sophomore forward Cedric Williams with 10. UNCW shot 63.2 percent from the field, including 64.7 percent from behind the 3-point line.

Chris Ford was the only NCW player in double digits with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field.
UNCW never trailed in the game and used a 20-7 run midway through the opening half to open a 27-15 lead. A free throw from Williams with 46 seconds remaining gave the Seahawks a 41-21 lead, their largest lead of the half.

A jumper by senior center Matt Wilson gave UNCW’s largest lead of the game, 88-48, with 1:54 left in the contest. Upfront, the Seahawks held a staggering 45-20 advantage on the boards and outscored the Battling Bishops, 44-22, in the paint. Sophomore Freddie Jackson scored six points, grabbed six a caroms and doled out four assists on the afternoon for the Seahawks. Red-shirt freshman Craig Ponder matched Jackson for team-high honors with four helpers. Red-shirt freshman Dylan Sherwood added eight points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Seahawks.

The Seahawks open their third season under the direction of Head Coach Buzz Peterson on Nov. 11, when defending Big South Champion UNC Asheville visits Trask Coliseum for a 2 p.m. tip-off.
North Carolina Wesleyan, meanwhile, will face off against Mid-Atlantic Christian on Nov. 15 in its season opener.


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Senior Karneshia Garrett scored 10 points and added 11 rebounds to record a double-double and lead UNCW to a 52-38 victory over UNC Pembroke in women’s basketball exhibition action Saturday at Trask Coliseum.

The Seahawks, who extended their exhibition winning streak to seven games with the 14-point victory over the Braves, open the 2012 regular season Nov. 9 with a 7 p.m. contest at No. 22 West Virginia. The Braves open their regular season Nov. 10 versus Newberry at Wingate’s OrthoCarolina Classic

Garrett was the only UNCW player to reach double figures as fellow senior Chelsea McGowen tallied nine points while juniors Brittany Gamby and Jessica Freeman and sophomore Kelva Atkins chipped in eight points apiece in a balanced effort.

McGowen pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds to join Garrett in double figures as UNCW posted a 50-43 advantage on the glass. Freeman finished with a game-high nine steals and added five assists and five rebounds in an all-around effort.

Senior Amelia Partin notched seven points to lead UNCP, who was limited to a just 13-of-54 shooting (.241) for the contest. Sophomore Jasmine Kemp grabbed eight rebounds for the Braves while senior Courtney Bolton added seven.

UNCW never trailed in the contest, scoring the first five points of the game before using a 13-4 spurt midway through the frame to build a 20-8 advantage. UNCP would cut the deficit to six in the final minutes of the first half, scoring six unanswered points over a three-minute stretch, before a transition layup by Atkins with 20 seconds remaining would give the Seahawk a 26-18 lead at the break.

The Braves continue to cut into the Seahawks lead early in the second half, scoring eight of the first 10 points of the frame to make it a 28-26 contest.

UNCW would once again take control of the contest, rattling off eight unanswered points to end the Braves run and regain a double-digit cushion, 36-26, with 12:01 remaining.

UNCP attempted to rally, but was unable to get any closer than eight points the rest of the way as the Seahawk took advantage of a 6-0 in the closing minutes to build a 16-point edge and cruise to the 14-point victory.

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