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December 1, 2013

UNC-W Tops ECU 70-68

PI-TV Postgame: Jeff Lebo

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Down for most of the evening, East Carolina(6-2) put on a late rally, but Prince Williams' dunk attempt was blocked by Cedric Williams as time expired to lift UNC-Wilmington(5-5) past ECU 70-68 in Minges Coliseum Sunday night.

Williams had his way in the paint for much of the game and led the Seahawks with 17 points and 9 boards while Shane Reybold, who was a load to handle in the lane score 15, UNC-W guard Addison Spruill also had 15 and Freddie Jackson got it going in the second half for 13 points.

The Pirates, who were playing without the services of center Marshall Guilmette who continues to have knee difficulties, were led in scoring by Paris Roberts-Campbell with 15 points. Caleb White scored 14, Akeem Richmond overcame a slow start to toss in 13 and Prince Williams had 10 in a losing cause.

The Seahawks took an early 13-5 lead on a Williams bucket in the paint. But two Mike Zangari baskets, a Brandon Stith spin move in the lane and Paris Roberts-Campbell heating up with 13 late first half points tied the game at 24-24 with 6:43 to go in the first period. Then ECU's Caleb White knocked down his only three points of the half on a jumper with five seconds to go to tie the game, 31-31 at intermission.

In the first five minutes of the second half, Shane Reybold got it going or UNC-W(5-5) with a pair of free throws, a turnaround jumper and a put-back dunk as the Seahawks jumped out to a six point lead, 41-35.

ECU took their first lead of the game at 43-41 on a Caleb White trey with 13:19 to go. ECU again took a two point lead at 48-46 at the 10:38 mark.

But a score from Cedric Williams, Dylan Sherwood's lay-in, two baskets from Alabama transfer Ben Eblen and another basket by Williams found Wilmington up 56-50 with 7:15 to play.

Paris Roberts-Campbell's first basket of the second half cut the lead to four. Then Akeem Richmond went to work with two free throws and a three point jumper to give the Pirates a two-point 60-58 lead at the 4:48 mark.

Three layups by Freddie Jackson and a dunk by Cedric Williams put the Seahawks up by five, 69-64 with 25 seconds to go.

Antonio Robinson drive in the lane pulled the Pirates to within one at 69-68 with eight seconds in regulation. Spruill was fouled by Prince Williams on the ensuing possession and hit one free throw and missed the second, setting ECU up for a game winning basket attempt by Prince Williams that was blocked by Cedric Williams as time expired.

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