WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Senior forward Keith Rendleman shook off early foul trouble to post his ninth double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds as UNCW trimmed Old Dominion, 65-60, in Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball action Wednesday night at Trask Coliseum.
The Seahawks snapped a six-game losing streak to ODU and won their second straight to improve to 7-10 overall, 2-3 in the CAA. The Monarchs lost for the fifth time in a row and stand 2-15, 0-5 in the league.
Rendleman, UNCW's top scorer and rebounder, went scoreless on one field goal attempt and had just one rebound in the opening period, but came alive after intermission and wound up going 6-of-8 from the field en route to his 14-point night. Junior guard Chris Dixon added 14 points and freshman guard Craig Ponder contributed 13 to give the Seahawks three in double figures.
N.C. State transfer DeShawn Painter of ODU led all scorers with 18 points and hauled in eight boards. Sophomore forward Richard Ross chipped in nine of his 11 points in the first half.
ODU took advantage of early foul trouble by Rendleman to grab a 31-28 lead at halftime. Ross came up big early-on for the Monarchs and Painter wound up with eight points and five boards in the opening period.
ODU remained in control, 37-31, when Painter connected on an uncontested layup at 17:53 before the Seahawks made their move. Sophomore forward Cedrick Williams sank a pair of free throws to begin an 11-0 run and Ponder added two more free throws to give the Seahawks their first lead since the seven-minute mark of the first half, 39-37, at 15:05.
Rendleman's slam - his first bucket of the game - with 13:52 left to play increased the lead to 42-37 at 13:52. ODU answered back, however, with eight straight points to go back ahead, 45-42, and the lead exchanged hands two more times before UNCW took over for good.
Trailing, 49-48, the Seahawks, who now stand 7-1 at home, scored 12 out of the next 16 points and when Rendleman notched his double-double, UNCW owned a 54-49 edge with 3:50 on the clock.
ODU whittled away at the deficit and cut the margin to 58-55 on a turnaround jumper by Painter in the paint with just over a minute to play, but Dixon sank a long trey at the end of the shot clock on the next possession to extend the lead back to 61-55 and the Seahawks went on to snap a three-game losing streak to ODU in Wilmington.
Rendleman picked up two fouls in the first 3:47 and ODU capitalized right away, reeling off nine consecutive points for an 11-6 lead. Ross drove the lane for a layup with 14:11 remaining in the first half and the Monarchs jumped on top early.
The Seahawks regrouped with an 8-0 spurt, capped by reserve forward Dylan Sherwood's triple on the right wing that put UNCW out front, 17-15 at 10:10.
ODU got hot again, however, and scored three straight baskets for a 25-22 edge. Ross scored on a putback and Painter connected on a layup and hook shot to give the Monarchs a three-point advantage with 5:15 left in the first period.
The Seahawks open a stretch of four road games in five outings next Wednesday, Jan. 23, with a visit to Atlanta to take on Georgia State. The Monarchs return home to entertain the Panthers at 7 p.m. at the Ted Constant Center in Norfolk, Va.
GAME NOTES: Old Dominion leads the all-time series by a 29-18 margin...The Seahawks are 9-12 against the Monarchs in Wilmington...UNCW on the battle of the boards, 39-36...Williams had six blocks on the night...Four Seahawks had two assists apiece...UNCW went 13-of-17 at the free throw line in the second half...ODU had two more field goals than UNCW...The Seahawks had 11 turnovers and ODU finished with nine miscues...The biggest lead for either team was eight points...UNCW outscored ODU in the second half, 37-29...Williams came within one point of giving the Seahawks four men in double figures for the first time this season...Five Seahawks had four or more points...There were eight ties and 10 lead changes in the contest...The crowd of 3,832 fans was the largest of UNCW's eight home games.