UNCW “Seahawks” (8-20, 2-11) Vs. William & Mary “Tribe” (15-9, 7-4)
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 – 7 p.m.
Kaplan Arena (8,600) – Williamsburg, Va.

THE TIP-OFF:   The UNCW men’s basketball team plays its regular season road finale tonight when the Seahawks hook up with William & Mary in a rematch from a game won by the Tribe 12 days ago in Wilmington. The Seahawks return home to close out the regular season against CofC and Delaware.

 THE COACHES: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is in his 16th season with a 264-226 (.540) overall record, including a 41-79 (.342) mark in four seasons with the Seahawks. The College of William & Mary’s Tony Shaver owns a 489-319 (.605) record in 28 years as a head coach and is 131-198 (.398) in 11 seasons with the Tribe.

 THE PLAYERS: The probable starters for the Seahawks include Chris Dixon (6-0, 190, Sr., Guard), Tanner Milson (6-2, 190, Sr., Guard), Freddie Jackson (6-4, 185, Jr., Guard), Shane Reybold (6-8, 238, Sr., Forward) and Cedrick Williams (6-9, 225, Jr., Forward). The probable starters for the Tribe are Terry Tarpey (6-5, 200, Soph., Guard), Julian Boatner (6-2, 185, Sr., Guard), Marcus Thornton (6-4, 185, Jr., Guard), Tim Rusthoven (6-9, 235, Sr., Forward) and Kyle Gaillard (6-8, 220, R-Sr., Forward).

JUMP BALL: UNCW makes the trip across the state of Virginia tonight to face William & Mary in a rematch after losing a tight one to the Tribe on Feb. 5 at Trask Coliseum. W&M has won three in a row over the Seahawks, but the odds are in UNCW’s favor: the Tribe has never won four straight against the Seahawks.

WAKE-UP CALL: After losing their first 10 conference games of the season, UNCW came alive with back-to-back double digit victories over Towson (66-53) and Northeastern (55-45) before Saturday’s narrow loss at James Madison (64-62).

THE SERIES: The Seahawks and Tribe are meeting for the 63rd time tonight and 31st time in Williamsburg, Va. UNCW leads the all-time series by a 40-22 margin. The two teams have split the last 10 meetings, but UNCW has taken three of the last five at Kaplan Arena.

ABOUT THE TRIBE: Towson won the battle for second place in the CAA behind Mike Burwell's career performance in a convincing 85-70 victory over William & Mary on Saturday at Kaplan Arena. Burwell poured in a career-high 23 points and reigning CAA Player-of-the-Year Jerrelle Benimon notched his nation-best 17 double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds in the win. W&M's Marcus Thornton, the CAA's leading scorer, was limited to six points on just 1-of-14 from the field.

LAST MATCHUP: In the last matchup between the Seahawks and Tribe, CAA shooting leader William & Mary bounced back from a sub-par performance in the first half with 60 percent after intermission en route to a 54-50 victory on Feb. 5, 2014.  Junior guard Marcus Thornton led all scorers with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting and added a game-high four assists. Senior guard Tanner Milson had 11 points and junior forward Cedrick Williams finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for UNCW.

BUZZ VS. W&M: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is facing William & Mary for the eighth time in his 16 seasons as a head coach. He owns a 4-3 record against the Tribe after losing the first matchup this season 12 days ago in Wilmington.

SEAHAWKS VS. VIRGINIA: The Seahawks have won 46.8 percent of their games (170-194) against 16 teams from the state of Virginia through the years. Saturday’s 64-62 loss at James Madison was the last time the Seahawks have played a Virginia opponent. UNCW is 1-4 against Virginia foes this year.

 CAA CED: Junior forward Cedrick Williams has put together a solid season. The big man ranks 11th in scoring (12.6), ninth in rebounding (6.9), fifth in field goal percentage (.500), fifth in free throw percentage (.761), T-10th in steals (0.9) and third in blocks (1.5).

ZEBRA WATCHING: The Seahawks will be seeing officials Les Jones and Joe Lindsay for the first time this season. Roger Ayers called UNCW’[s 61-50 loss at Drexel on Feb. 3 in Philadelphia.

ZEROES IN THE CAA: With a 0-7 record in CAA road outings, the Seahawks are the only team in the conference without a road win. The College of Charleston and Hofstra only have one road victory in the loop.

OCEAN’S ELEVEN: Senior guard Tanner Milson has scored in double figures six times and four of those times he totaled 11 points, including Saturday’s win at JMU.

STRATEGIZING: Since employing a new strategy of five players in and five players out, the Seahawks have fashioned a 2-1 record, beating Towson and Northeastern and losing by two points at James Madison.

HOW TO CATCH THE GAME: If you can’t make it to the game, there are several ways to follow the action. Twitter: @UNCWmenshoops; Live Stats: UNCWsports.com; Internet: PPV on www.TribeAthletics.com. Radio: Sunny 104.5 FM-Wilmington, N.C.

NEXT UP: Following tonight’s regular season road finale, the Seahawks return home to close out the regular campaign with games against the College of Charleston (Feb. 22) and high-flying Delaware (Feb. 26).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNCW “Seahawks” (8-20, 2-11) Vs. William & Mary “Tribe” (15-9, 7-4)
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 – 7 p.m.
Kaplan Arena (8,600) – Williamsburg, Va.

THE TIP-OFF:   The UNCW men’s basketball team plays its regular season road finale tonight when the Seahawks hook up with William & Mary in a rematch from a game won by the Tribe 12 days ago in Wilmington. The Seahawks return home to close out the regular season against CofC and Delaware.

 

THE COACHES: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is in his 16th season with a 264-226 (.540) overall record, including a 41-79 (.342) mark in four seasons with the Seahawks. The College of William & Mary’s Tony Shaver owns a 489-319 (.605) record in 28 years as a head coach and is 131-198 (.398) in 11 seasons with the Tribe.

 

THE PLAYERS: The probable starters for the Seahawks include Chris Dixon (6-0, 190, Sr., Guard), Tanner Milson (6-2, 190, Sr., Guard), Freddie Jackson (6-4, 185, Jr., Guard), Shane Reybold (6-8, 238, Sr., Forward) and Cedrick Williams (6-9, 225, Jr., Forward). The probable starters for the Tribe are Terry Tarpey (6-5, 200, Soph., Guard), Julian Boatner (6-2, 185, Sr., Guard), Marcus Thornton (6-4, 185, Jr., Guard), Tim Rusthoven (6-9, 235, Sr., Forward) and Kyle Gaillard (6-8, 220, R-Sr., Forward).

 

JUMP BALL: UNCW makes the trip across the state of Virginia tonight to face William & Mary in a rematch after losing a tight one to the Tribe on Feb. 5 at Trask Coliseum. W&M has won three in a row over the Seahawks, but the odds are in UNCW’s favor: the Tribe has never won four straight against the Seahawks.

 

WAKE-UP CALL: After losing their first 10 conference games of the season, UNCW came alive with back-to-back double digit victories over Towson (66-53) and Northeastern (55-45) before Saturday’s narrow loss at James Madison (64-62).

 

THE SERIES: The Seahawks and Tribe are meeting for the 63rd time tonight and 31st time in Williamsburg, Va. UNCW leads the all-time series by a 40-22 margin. The two teams have split the last 10 meetings, but UNCW has taken three of the last five at Kaplan Arena.

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ABOUT THE TRIBE: Towson won the battle for second place in the CAA behind Mike Burwell's career performance in a convincing 85-70 victory over William & Mary on Saturday at Kaplan Arena. Burwell poured in a career-high 23 points and reigning CAA Player-of-the-Year Jerrelle Benimon notched his nation-best 17 double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds in the win. W&M's Marcus Thornton, the CAA's leading scorer, was limited to six points on just 1-of-14 from the field.

 

LAST MATCHUP: In the last matchup between the Seahawks and Tribe, CAA shooting leader William & Mary bounced back from a sub-par performance in the first half with 60 percent after intermission en route to a 54-50 victory on Feb. 5, 2014.  Junior guard Marcus Thornton led all scorers with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting and added a game-high four assists. Senior guard Tanner Milson had 11 points and junior forward Cedrick Williams finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for UNCW.

 

BUZZ VS. W&M: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is facing William & Mary for the eighth time in his 16 seasons as a head coach. He owns a 4-3 record against the Tribe after losing the first matchup this season 12 days ago in Wilmington.

 

SEAHAWKS VS. VIRGINIA: The Seahawks have won 46.8 percent of their games (170-194) against 16 teams from the state of Virginia through the years. Saturday’s 64-62 loss at James Madison was the last time the Seahawks have played a Virginia opponent. UNCW is 1-4 against Virginia foes this year.

 

 

 

CAA CED: Junior forward Cedrick Williams has put together a solid season. The big man ranks 11th in scoring (12.6), ninth in rebounding (6.9), fifth in field goal percentage (.500), fifth in free throw percentage (.761), T-10th in steals (0.9) and third in blocks (1.5).

ZEBRA WATCHING: The Seahawks will be seeing officials Les Jones and Joe Lindsay for the first time this season. Roger Ayers called UNCW’[s 61-50 loss at Drexel on Feb. 3 in Philadelphia.

ZEROES IN THE CAA: With a 0-7 record in CAA road outings, the Seahawks are the only team in the conference without a road win. The College of Charleston and Hofstra only have one road victory in the loop.

OCEAN’S ELEVEN: Senior guard Tanner Milson has scored in double figures six times and four of those times he totaled 11 points, including Saturday’s win at JMU.

 

STRATEGIZING: Since employing a new strategy of five players in and five players out, the Seahawks have fashioned a 2-1 record, beating Towson and Northeastern and losing by two points at James Madison.

 

HOW TO CATCH THE GAME: If you can’t make it to the game, there are several ways to follow the action. Twitter: @UNCWmenshoops; Live Stats: UNCWsports.com; Internet: PPV on www.TribeAthletics.com. Radio: Sunny 104.5 FM-Wilmington, N.C.

 

NEXT UP: Following tonight’s regular season road finale, the Seahawks return home to close out the regular campaign with games against the College of Charleston (Feb. 22) and high-flying Delaware (Feb. 26).