Navy falters in 2nd half, loses to UNC-Wilmington


WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Matt Fish had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Reggie Veney also scored 16 to lead North Carolina-Wilmington to an 87-76 victory over Navy in a Colonial Athletic Association game last night.

The game marked the last meeting between the two schools because Navy is leaving the CAA after this season.

UNC-Wilmington (9-11, 4-4) scored its last 18 points on free throws. For the game, the Seahawks made 27 of 34 free throws (79 percent).

The Midshipmen (6-14, 2-6) held a 34-28 halftime lead, and led until Veney made a three-pointer with 17:29 left to give the Seahawks a 38-37 lead. The lead changed hands three times after that before the Seahawks took the lead for good, 56-55, on Veney's layup with 10 minutes, 40 seconds remaining in the game.

Erik Harris scored 18 to lead Navy, and Sam Cook, Lance Reinhard and Eddie Reddick each added 11.

UNC-Wilmington blocked 14 shots, eclipsing the old school record of 10 against the University of Baltimore in 1978. Major Wiggins had five blocks to lead the Seahawks.

The Navy bench was charged with two technical fouls, the second of which came with 2:45 remaining in the game and resulted in the ejection of Navy coach Pete Herrmann.

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