GAME NOTES: The William & Mary Tribe return to the hardwood on Wednesday night
as they host the UNC Wilmington Seahawks in Colonial Athletic Association play
at Kaplan Arena.
The Tribe was in action just two nights ago when it hosted Northeastern in
Williamsburg, a meeting that ended in a disappointing 68-64 setback for the
home team. The loss was the second in a row and the third in four tries for a
group that is now just 3-9 in league play.
As for the Seahawks, they have only one win in their last five contests, that
being a 76-72 victory versus Georgia State a week ago at home. Over the
weekend the team was taken down by Hofstra in their own building, 65-56, which
means UNCW is now just 4-8 in league play and only slightly ahead of the Tribe
in the standings.
Dating back less than 30 years, the all-time series between these two teams
has been dominated by the Seahawks by a count of 40-19. The teams are set to
complete their season series two weeks from now in North Carolina.
UNCW led at the half by double digits last Saturday, 12 points early in the
second half, but the team saw a 24-point swing in the final 18 minutes as it
bowed to visiting Hofstra. Keith Rendleman logged a double-double with 13
points and 10 rebounds, his scoring output matched by Cedrick Williams, but
the squad shot only 37.0 percent from the floor, 3-of-14 beyond the arc and
13-of-21 at the free-throw line.
As the only player to have started all 24 games for UNCW this season, it only
makes sense that Rendleman is the top scorer for the group with his 15.6 ppg.
The big man is averaging a double-double with his 10.3 rpg as he shoots 50.6
percent from the floor, but he has left plenty of points at the free-throw
line where he is just 60.2 percent accurate. Then again, the team as a whole
is shooting only 65.9 percent at the stripe, which explains why they are
generating a meager 61.8 ppg and being outscored by more than seven points per
Except for Matt Rum who ended up with three times as many turnovers (six) as
points (two), every starter for the Tribe hit for double figures in the
scoring department on Monday night, yet that still wasn't enough to get the
team into the win column against a dominant Northeastern squad. Brandon Britt
tallied 18 points, Tim Rusthoven came up a rebound shy of a double-double with
his 14 points, followed by Marcus Thornton and Kyle Gaillard with 13 and 10
Playing in excess of 36 minutes per game, starting all 23 outings for the
Tribe, Thornton leads the program with his 18.0 ppg thanks in large part to
his 42.0 percent accuracy from 3-point range. While Thornton handles the
action on the perimeter, Rusthoven (14.7 ppg) mixes it up in the paint as he
pulls down almost eight rebounds per game, but that physical play has also
resulted in consistent could trouble which has limited his contributions.
The Seahawks have been simply awful on the road this season and while the team
is probably comparable to W&M at the moment, taking on the Tribe in
Williamsburg will still be a stiff test.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: William & Mary 68, UNC Wilmington 62