|Seahawks Seek To Continue Winning Ways|
UNCW (7-19, 1-10) Vs. Northeastern (8-17, 5-6)
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 – 7 p.m.
Trask Coliseum (5,100) – Wilmington, N.C.
THE TIP-OFF: Fresh off an impressive 66-53 conquest of second place Towson, UNCW wraps up a two-game homestand tonight with a rematch against Northeastern’s Huskies. NU outlasted UNCW, 79-68, in overtime back on Jan. 8 in Beantown.
THE COACHES: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is in his 16th season with a 265-225 (.540) overall record, including a 40-78 (.339) mark in four seasons with the Seahawks. Northeastern’s Bill Coen owns a 119-129 (.479) record in eight seasons as a head coach, all at NU.
THE PLAYERS: The probable starters for the Seahawks include Tanner Milson (6-2, 190, Sr., Guard), Chris Dixon (6-0, 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 Huskies are T.J. Williams (6-3, 190, Fr., Guard), David Walker (6-6, 176, Soph., Guard), Demetrius Pollard (6-2, 200, Jr., Guard), Zach Stahl (6-5, 201, Soph., Forward) and Scott Eatherton (6-8, 219, R-Jr., Forward).
JUMP BALL: With a 14-game slide history, UNCW tries to make it two in a row tonight when Northeastern visits Trask Coliseum for the second game in the regular season series with the Seahawks. The two teams battled into overtime back on Jan. 8 before the Huskies prevailed with the home win at Matthews Arena in Boston.
STARTING APPETIZER: Coach Buzz Peterson used his 14th different starting lineup in Monday’s win over Towson. Overall, 12 of the 14 players on the roster have started at least once this season. Walk-ons Marcus Graham and Zack Allen are the only players who have not started this season.
THE SERIES: Tonight is the 14th meeting between the Seahawks and Huskies. NU leads the series, 8-5, and has taken seven of the last 10 meetings between the two clubs.
ABOUT THE HUSKIES: CAA leading scorer Marcus Thornton torched Northeastern for 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting to power William & Mary past the Huskies, 82-70, on Saturday in Boston. The Tribe shot 61-percent (17-of-28) in the first half to jump out to a commanding 45-18 lead at the break. Northeastern made a late 21-2 run to cut the deficit to 67-57 with 2:30 to play, but the Tribe held on for the 12-point win. Junior guard Demetrius Pollard paced four Huskies in double-figures with 13 points, while freshman T.J. Williams added 12 points, four rebounds and six assists
LAST MATCHUP: In the last game between the two teams, junior transfer Scott Eatherton recorded his 11th double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds as Northeastern won its CAA opener with a 79-68 overtime decision over UNCW on Jan. 8, 2014, at Matthews Arena. The Seahawks scored eight points in the final 37 seconds of regulation to force overtime, but couldn’t contain the Huskies in OT. NU outscored UNCW, 21-10, in sudden death. Chris Dixon paced four Seahawks in double digits with 15 points.
LAST GAME AT TRASK COLISEUM: In the last game between UNCW and NU at Trask Coliseum , senior forward Keith Rendleman collected a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds to power UNCW to a 73-67 upset of first place Northeastern on Feb. 16, 2013. The Seahawks shot 52 percent and made 10-of-14 free throws in the final 1:21 to gain a split in the regular season series with the 12-2 Huskies. Sophomore forward Cedrick Williams added 12 points and nine boards for UNCW. Quincy Ford paced NU with 23 points and nine boards in the Homecoming game for the Seahawks.
BUZZ VS. NU: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson stands 2-4 against the Huskies during his time at UNCW, while UNCW owns a 3-8 record in 11 games against NU skipper Bill Coen, facing the veteran coach 6-of-11 times on his home floor in Boston.
THE REYBOLD FACTOR: Since returning to the lineup five games ago, senior forward Shane Reybold has averaged 7.4 ppg and 4.4 rpg in 21.2 minutes per game. Reybold missed six games and the Seahawks were outrebounded by a 3.3 rpg margin.
OFFENSIVELY CHALLENGED: UNCW has scored a total of 283 points over the last five games for an average of 56.6 ppg. The Seahawks have not scored 70 points since a 75-70 loss at the College of Charleston on Jan. 22 in Charleston.
DEFENDING THE ARC: The Seahawks have tightened up their defense against the three-ball in recent outings. Opponents in the last two games have gone 3-of-13 (Hofstra) and 3-of-20 (Towson) for a combined 6-of-33 from deep.
CENTER OF ATTENTION: Junior forward Cedrick Williams has attracted a lot of attention all season long, especially in the last two games. The talented big man averaged 13.8 ppg and 7.2 rpg in the first 24 games. In the last two outings, he is just 3-of-10 and averaging 3.0 ppg and 3.0 rpg.
ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE MAN: The Seahawks are facing their second consecutive double-double threat in NU’s Scott Eatherton. Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon posted his 16th double-double of the season in Monday’s loss to the Seahawks. Eatherton has 15 double-doubles entering tonight’s contest.
FLAWLESS HANDLE: The Seahawks committed just one turnover - early in the first half - in Monday’s win over Towson to set a school record for fewest miscues. The previous low of two turnovers came on Feb. 23 of last year vs. Delaware.
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 HawkVision via UNCWsports.com Radio: Sunny 104.5 FM-Wilmington, N.C.
NEXT UP: UNCW embarks on its final road trip of the regular season this weekend with a two-game swing to James Madison and William & Mary. The Seahawks take on the Dukes on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Noon and then travel across the state of Virginia to challenge the Tribe on Monday.