White Carries Camels Over Seahawks
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
BUIES CREEK, North Carolina - Senior forward Keith Rendleman put in his usual yeoman effort with 18 points and 11 rebounds, but in the end it was simply too much Darren White for visiting UNCW early Saturday in a 72-60 loss to longtime rival Campbell at the Edwin Pope Convocation Center.
The 6-4, 210-pound White poured in 23 of his game-high 32 points in the second half to ignite the Camels over the Seahawks in the 98th installment of the longest series on record for UNCW.
"Darren White put on a show today and he really hurt us," third-year UNCW Head Coach Buzz Peterson said. "I thought we did a good job on him, but he's such a strong kid that he's tough to handle. He was very impressive."
Campbell snapped a four-game losing streak to improve to 4-9 this season, including 4-3 at home. UNCW, 5-7, remained winless away from home in seven tries and lost its 13th consecutive road game spanning over to a 68-66 decision at William & Mary on Jan. 21, 2012.
Each team placed two men in double figures. Sophomore playmaker Trey Freeman added 18 points for the Camels, who shot 57.1 percent after intermission. Campbell scored 42 of its points in the paint and had 24 points off 16 Seahawk turnovers.
"We had turnovers in the open floor and they led to easy baskets," Peterson added. "Their guards got into our guards and that killed us."
In addition to Rendleman's 27th career double-double, the Seahawks got 12 points from redshirt freshman point guard Craig Ponder, who spent much of the second half in foul trouble. UNCW wound up shooting 38.2 percent after making 42.9 percent in the opening period.
In a game that featured nine ties and 10 lead changes, the result teetered in the balance until the muscular White put the Camels on his back and dominated down the stretch.
With UNCW leading 54-52 and 8:45 on the clock, White flipped in a pair of free throws to start a game-closing 20-6 run that stunned the Seahawks. White scored 16 points in the flurry and finished with 14-of-22 from the floor and 11 rebounds.
The Seahawks, meanwhile, went cold and made several costly turnovers in the final nine minutes, with 10 coming in the second half. After the bucket by Chris Dixon with 8:45 remaining, UNCW did not score a field goal again until Ponder's layup with 44 seconds left to play.
Campbell went inside to stay close in the opening 20 minutes, scoring 22 of its 31 points to trail 32-31 at the break.
Freeman's bank shot high off the glass gave the Camels an early 12-10 advantage at the 14-minute mark, before the Seahawks opened up an eight-point cushion. Rendleman started the string with a bucket and Ponder's triple in front of the CU bench extended the lead to 22-14 with 9:39 left.
The Seahawks were still in front, 23-16, when the Camels came alive. White started a 9-0 run and the senior from Danville, Va., dropped in a free throw with 5:32 left to give the hosts a 25-23 lead.
The two teams traded buckets until Ponder made a runner on the left elbow with 33 seconds remaining in the first period to give the Seahawks a one-point edge, 32-31, at halftime.
UNCW returns home Wednesday to ring in 2013 by playing Towson in its Colonial Athletic Association opener at 7 p.m. The Camels travel to Greenville on Wednesday to battle East Carolina in a 7 p.m. tip-off at Minges Coliseum.
GAME NOTES: Rendleman was playing on his 22nd birthday...Sophomore forward Cedrick Williams was held scoreless on 0-for-4 from the field...Campbell pulled down 14 offensive rebounds...Seahawk guard Tyree Graham contributed eight points off the bench, his highest total since 12 markers in the season opener vs. UNCA...The Camels outrebounded the Seahawks, 42-35...UNCW had four players with three or more fouls...UNCW's starting backcourt of Ponder and Tanner Milson combined for nine turnovers...UNCW went 5-of-17 from deep while CU was just 1-of-6 from three-point range...The two teams have alternated wins and losses over the last six matchups...UNCW is now 19-18 in post-Christmas games since turning NCAA Division I...The Seahawks stand 14-20 in non-conference games in Buzz Peterson's three seasons...The Seahawks are 4-16 on the road against non-conference clubs under Peterson...UNCW plays four of its next seven games away from home...Campbell now holds a 23-8 advantage as the home team against UNCW.