UNCW Press Release
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Senior forward Keith Rendleman's 23 points and 15 rebounds helped push UNCW past Hampton, 61-60, to win the Wilmington Division of the Nations of Coaches Classic at Trask Coliseum Sunday afternoon.
The Seahawks, who remained perfect at home with a 3-0 mark, evened their record at 3-3. The Pirates (0-5) dropped their fifth straight game and remain winless on the year after surrendering a slim one-point lead with 1:37 remaining in the game.
UNCW was led offensively by Rendleman's double-double, the 24th of his career and second of the season. Sophomore guard Freddie Jackson came through late as he contributed seven of his 12 points in the second half.
The Pirates followed the lead of senior center David Bruce who totaled 13 points before fouling out in the second half. They also had a huge contribution from their bench, who outscored the Seahawks bench, 23-9.
In the first meeting between the two programs since the 1973-74 season, Hampton maintained a slight advantage before a layup by UNCW's sophomore guard Freddie Jackson and two free throws from Rendleman at the 12-minute mark gave the Seahawks their first lead of the second half at 43-42.
The Pirates continued to battle back as senior guard Jasper Williams drained his third three-pointer of the game to extend their lead to 49-45 with 8:16 remaining in the game.
The Seahawks gave one last push as junior forward Shane Reybold put in his only basket of the game and Jackson added a fast break layup to give the Seahawks one last lead at 61-60 and 62 seconds on the clock.
This would be the eighth and final lead change as the Seahawk defense would dig in and not allow the Pirates to get off a shot before the buzzer sounded.
In the opening half, behind transition baskets by Jackson and Rendleman, the Seahawks bolted out to a 5-0 lead just 1:53 into the contest.
That lead would grow to 10-4 following a three-pointer by Chris Dixon at the 16-minute mark.
That triple would be the last field goal for the Seahawks as Hampton fashioned a 10-0 run over the next 7:14 to take a 17-10 lead on a jumper by David Bruce, who finished with a team-high 13 points off the bench.
UNCW climbed back into the game and drew even at 22-all on a three-pointer from Jackson, but HU would score seven of the final 10 points of the half and carry a 29-25 lead into the intermission of a buzzer-beating three by Ramon Mercado.
GAME NOTES: This was only the fourth meeting all-time between UNCW and Hampton … The Seahawks won the last meeting between these two teams 86-76 back in the 1973-74 season … UNCW now holds a 3-1 record against Hampton … The Seahawks used their fifth starting lineup in six games this year … Rendleman extended his streak of scoring in double figures to 18 games (longest active in CAA) … UNCW set season-highs in Free Throws made (21) and attempted (39) … The game featured five ties and eight lead changes.
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