On Campus 1/15/13
Russell Tatum (LCHS), playing for William Peace University (2-7), hit a key layup to help spark the Pacers to capture the school’s first-ever home win, an 86-79 victory over the Wake Tech Eagles (10-5) in front of a standing-room only crowd at the Hermann Center last Thursday night.
Tatum’s layup came with 13 minutes left in the game and helped Peace erase a nine-point deficit to eventually win the contest. Also playing in the game was Josh Mellette (SLHS), who would finish as Wake Tech’s leading scorer turning in a double/double with 20 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and two steals. Tatum would finish with seven points in five minutes of play. This was the second matchup between the two teams this season with the Eagles winning the first by a 25-point margin.
Wake Tech would rebound from the loss by defeating Rockingham CC, 91-50, later in the week. The Eagles will play two games this week, hosting Pitt CC on Wednesday night and then traveling to Patrick Henry CC on Saturday. Peace will host Randolph next Monday.
All-American and No. 1-ranked Mike Williams (SLHS) (24-1) and 13th-ranked UNC Pembroke (3-2) defeated St. Andrews, 36-4, in Laurinburg last Wednesday. UNCP then finished 0-2-1 in the two-day NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals in Springfield, Ill., suffering losses to fifth-ranked St. Cloud State, 40-7, and 21st-ranked Kutztown University, 25-16, before tying ninth-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato, 18-18. Williams finished the week 3-0 by defeating St. Cloud’s Kurt Salmen 9-0 in a major decision, Kutztown’s Wade Rivera in 4-1 decision and Minnesota State’s Brendan Eichmann in an 8-3 decision. The Braves will be off this week as they prepare for the Super Region 1 Duals Jan. 25-26 at Newberry College.
Stanton McDuffie (LCHS) representing the N.C. State Bass Pack fished in the FLW College Qualifier Tournament at Lake Okeechobee, Fla., this past Saturday. McDuffie’s catch of five fish weighing eight pounds three ounces missed the cut by one pound four ounces.
Akeem Richmond (SLHS) and East Carolina (10-5, 1-1) went 1-1 last week, falling to Memphis, 67-54, but then bounced back to defeat Central Florida, 88-85 in overtime. In the loss to Memphis, Richmond was the leading scorer off the bench with six points in 14 minutes of play. The Pirates will host Houston on Wednesday night and then travel on Saturday to take on Marshall. Both games will tip off at 7 p.m.
Julian Martin (SLHS) and N.C. Wesleyan (8-5, 1-3) broke their losing streak in surprising fashion, shocking 13th-ranked Christopher Newport with a 112-109 double overtime victory to pick up their first conference win. Wesleyan then continuing its winning ways by dispatching LaGrange, 79-75. Martin was a major contributor against Christopher Newport, coming off the bench to score 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal. The Battling Bishops will travel to Methodist on Wednesday, before returning home to host Averett on Saturday and Maryville on Sunday.
Ace Chalmers (SLHS) and Davidson CC (13-4, 0-2) slipped into a slump this week, dropping games to Caldwell CC, 64-51, and Wytheville CC, 98-94. Chalmers came off the bench in the first game to be the leading scorer for the Storm with 14 points and adding a steal in 22 minutes of play. In game two, Chalmers started at guard and again contributed 14 points while leading Davidson in assists with eight and steals with seven. The Storm will play three games this week, traveling to Sandhills CC on Wednesday, Chapel Hill on Saturday to face the UNC JV, and return home on Sunday to host Montreat’s JV team.
Alex Tucker (LCHS) and Francis Marion University (5-7, 1-5) fell to Columbus State, 83-72, but then bounced back to claim their first conference victory of the season by downing Georgia Southwestern, 82-50. The Patriots will host Armstrong on Thursday before hitting the road to face Montevallo on Saturday.
Elijah Buie, Dwayne McEachin (Grace Christian) and Davis College (4-6, 1-0) faced Schenectady CC yesterday.
Yazzy Butler (SLHS) and UNC Pembroke (8-7, 2-4) went 1-1 last week, falling to Columbus State, 71-61, but then bouncing back to collect a win over Georgia Southwestern, 64-61. The Lady Braves will be on the road this week as they travel to Lander College on Wednesday and Clayton State on Saturday.