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After setting a new East Carolina University record for most made three pointers by a Pirate in a game at eight and scoring a season high 25 points last week, Richmond (SLHS) raised the bar by breaking his own record in knocking down nine three pointers and scoring a new season high 29 points in ECU’s 72-69 victory over SMU. Richmond’s sharp shooting helped the Pirates erase a 17-point shortfall, the largest road deficit overcome in the last 30 years, to come back and pick up the win.
With 14:02 left to play in the second half, Richmond took over as the junior accounted for 21 of the Pirates’ 23 points during a stretch that saw him hit six consecutive three pointers. His nine made three pointers also set a new SMU opponent record, Moody Coliseum record and tied the league record for most threes in a Conference USA game. Earlier in the week, Richmond helped ECU down Tulsa, 72-63, by finishing as the second leading scorer with 17 points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal.
In the last four games, Richmond has averaged 21.5 points, helping ECU to three wins and one overtime loss. He currently has made 78 shots from behind the arc, ranking him fourth all-time in made three pointers in a season for the Pirates with three regular season games remaining. The school record is 85. ECU will travel to Southern Miss Saturday for an 8 p.m. contest.
Dennis Godfrey (LCHS) and the Saint Ouen l’Aumône Cougars won their season opening game 28-23 against the Thonon-les-bains Black Panthers in the French Federation of American Football League. The Cougars battled back from a 20-7 halftime deficit to score 14 points in the fourth quarter to lock up the victory. Saint Ouen l’Aumône will play again Sunday at 2 p.m. (8 a.m. EST) as it will host the Asnières sur Seine Molosses.
Three-time All-American and defending national champion Mike Williams (SLHS) suffered a small setback, finishing second at the NCAA Super Regional in Kutztown, Pa., by falling to East Stroudsburg’s Brendan McKeown in the 174-pound class by a slim 3-2 margin. Second place, however, was still good enough to secure a return trip to the NCAA Division II National Championships where Williams will defend his title. Williams had eased into the Super Regional Championship round going 3-0 in his earlier matches, picking up two pins and an 8-1 decision before running into McKeown in the finals. UNCP teammates Daniel Ownbey 141, Justin Pencook 157 and Blaze Shade 165 also all qualified and will be joining Williams, giving the Braves multiple representatives at the national championships for the seventh-straight year, while also giving the Braves four or more representatives for the fourth time since 2007. Williams will now have two weeks to prepare for the NCAA Division II National Championships to be held in Birmingham, Ala., on March 8 and 9 where he will look to repeat as the 174-pound national champion.
Josh Mellette (SLHS) and Wake Tech (21-7, 10-2) split games last week, falling to Pitt CC, 85-78, but then bounced back to dispatch Rockingham CC, 90-65. In the Eagles’ loss to Pitt CC, Mellette finished as the second leading scorer with 10 points while adding four rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot. Wake Tech will wrap up its regular season this week with a two-game home stand against Guilford Tech on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Catawba Valley CC on Saturday for a 3 p.m. tipoff.
Julian Martin (SLHS) and N.C. Wesleyan (16-11, 6-7) saw their season come to an end last Friday night in the semifinals of the USA South Conference Tournament as the Battling Bishops fell to top-seeded Christopher Newport, 72-59. Wesleyan had advanced to the semifinals with a 70-62 first-round win over Methodist. Martin contributed four points and two rebounds in that win.
Elijah Buie, Dwayne McEachin (Grace Christian) and Davis College (10-12, 3-1) ended their regular season on a winning note as the Falcons downed Berkley College, 98-77.
Alex Tucker (LCHS) and Francis Marion University (11-12, 6-10) split games last week, defeating Flagler, 84-69, and then narrowly losing to Augusta State, 69-67. The Patriots will wrap up their regular season this week having played Armstrong last night, they will host UNC Pembroke on Wednesday for senior night and then close out the season at Lander on Saturday.
Yazzy Butler (SLHS) and UNC Pembroke (12-14, 6-11) split games last week, falling to Armstrong Atlantic, 71-61, but bounced back to defeat Flagler, 64-50. The Lady Braves will wrap up their regular season this week as they travel to Francis Marion on Wednesday and then finish at home against USC Aiken on Saturday at 1:3 0p.m.
Dillon Frye (LCHS) and N.C. State (5-1) hit a hot streak, going 5-0 this week by picking up wins over Charlotte 5-0, Villanova 14-3, LaSalle 5-0, and a doubleheader against Wagner, 18-0 and 25-4. Frye saw his first action of the season, coming in to close in the ninth against Wagner bu facing four batters, striking out one while giving up one hit. The Wolfpack will play a two-game series with New Mexico today and tomorrow and then travel to Myrtle Beach this weekend to compete in the Coastal Carolina Invitational where they will face UMBC, Florida Atlantic and Coastal Carolina.
Russell Clark (LCHS) and Campbell (6-1) finished the week a perfect 5-0 by downing East Carolina 6-4, and then defeating Hartford in four games, 9-2, 18-3, 9-1 and 10-1. Clark saw his first action of the season against Hartford, pitching one inning and giving up three walks and two earned runs. The Fighting Camels will travel to Duke on Wednesday and then host Lafayette for a three-game series this weekend.
Justin Cox (SLHS) and Ferrum College (5-7, 2-6) defeated the University of Maine-Presque Isle, 7-2, before dropping a doubleheader to Methodist University, 5-3 and 11-8. Game three was played yesterday. Against Maine, Cox went 1-3 from the plate, scoring a run and accounting for two outs defensively. In the doubleheader against the Monarchs, Cox was 0-9 at the plate while collecting four outs from centerfield. The Panthers will have another four-game week as they travel to Roanoke College on Thursday, and then face Averett University for a three-game series.
Nick Durazo (LCHS) and East Carolina (3-3) started the week off with a 6-4 loss to Campbell, but then collected wins over Illinois 8-2, New Mexico State 2-1 and Boston College 5-1 in the 10th Annual Keith LeClair Classic. The Pirates will host five games this week, playing Virginia Commonwealth today, Liberty on Wednesday, and hosting St. John’s for a three-game series this weekend.
Garrett Verrelli (LCHS) and the UNC-Chapel Hill club baseball team (4-0) defeated Coastal Carolina, 6-5. The series versus University of Virginia was canceled. The Tar Heels will next play a three-game series against Elon University with a doubleheader on Saturday and game three on Sunday.
Heavy rains played havoc with Bkaye Smith (SLHS) and Virginia Tech’s schedule as the Lady Hokies were only able to play two out of their scheduled five games. Last Wednesday’s game against Radford was postponed, and the first three games of the Kennesaw State Phyllis Rafter Memorial Tournament were canceled due to poor weather. When Tech was finally able to take the field, the Lady Hokies (11-1) made good, picking up wins over Jacksonville State 5-1 and Kennesaw State 4-3. Smith’s best game was against Jacksonville State where she went 2-2, hitting a pair of doubles and collecting two outs and an assist defensively from second base. Tech will travel to Elon on Thursday for its only game of the week.