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UNC-Wilmington (8-20) at William & Mary (15-9)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Monday, February 17, 7 p.m. (ET)

ACTS & STATS: Site: Kaplan Arena (8,600) -- Williamsburg, Virginia. Television: None. Home Record: UNCW 5-7, W&M 7-4. Away Record: UNCW 3-13, W&M 8-4. Neutral Record: UNCW 0-0, W&M 0-1. Conference Record: UNCW 2-11, W&M 7-4. Series Record: UNC-Wilmington leads, 40-22.

GAME NOTES: The William & Mary Tribe will try to stay in the mix in the Colonial Athletic Association, as they take on the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks at Kaplan Arena.

William & Mary struggled with one of its top competitors for the CAA crown on Saturday, falling in an 85-70 final at home to second-place Towson. The Tribe are now 15-9 overall and still in possession of the third position in the CAA standings. On Wednesday, they will visit the College of Charleston.

UNCW is far from in contention, as it is dead last in the league (2-11). The Seahawks had managed to earn victories in back-to-back games before losing on a last-second shot to James Madison, 64-62, on Saturday. Their next duel is also against the College of Charleston, although they will wait until Saturday.

The first meeting between these two this season was a brawl, which William & Mary narrowly survived with a 54-50 victory. The Tribe have won three straight against the Seahawks, but still trail in the all-time series, 40-22.

James Madison's Ron Curry nailed a jumper with 32 seconds to play and the Seahawks were unable to answer in their loss on Saturday. Tanner Milson scored 11 points as the only player in double figures for UNCW, which only connected on 38.6 percent from the field.

Producing at the offensive end has been quite the challenge for the Seahawks this season. They are netting only 63.1 ppg and shooting 40.7 percent from the floor, which is the worst mark in the CAA. However, they have remained competitive at times, with foes shooting 43 percent. Cedrick Williams (12.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg) represents the only real offensive threat on the roster, connecting on an even 50 percent from the floor, while leading the squad in rebounds as well. Addison Spruill (9.8 ppg) is the second option, but he is an inefficient shooter, hitting only 35.6 percent from the field.

William & Mary could not keep the torrid offensive pace that Towson pushed on Saturday, as the Tribe connected on only 41.8 percent of their shots from the floor, compared to the 53.6 percent effort turned in by the Tigers. Brandon Britt scored 16 points off the bench to lead the way in the loss.

Struggling with efficiency has not been a problem for William & Mary. The Tribe lead the CAA in both assists (13.9 apg) and field goal percentage (.470). That has helped them rank second in the conference in scoring (72.8 ppg). Marcus Thornton (19.4 ppg) and Tim Rusthoven (12.5 ppg) do much of the heavy lifting for the unit. Thornton is second in the league in scoring, but he had only six points on a miserable 1-of-14 showing against Towson. Rusthoven had more success, with 11 points on 4-of-8 from the field. Omar Prewitt (11.6 ppg) provides spark off the bench, as he did with 15 points on Saturday.

The effort against Towson may have been a step back for the Tribe, however, they are more than capable of getting past the Seahawks, who simply don't have the firepower to keep up.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: William & Mary 73, UNC-Wilmington 63

02/17 10:33:00 ET

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