Coppin State 57

(3-3, 1-2 away)

UNC-Wilmington 78

(3-2, 1-0 home)

    3:00 PM ET, November 24, 2007

    Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates, Illinois

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    COPP 23 3457
    UNCW 48 3078

    Top Performers

    Coppin State: T. McKee 18 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    North Carolina-Wilmington: T. Carter 23 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast

    N.C.-Wilmington 78, Coppin St. 57

    Associated Press

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) -- T.J. Carter scored 23 points, Todd Hendley added 18, and North Carolina-Wilmington overwhelmed Coppin State 78-57 Saturday in the Chicago Invitational Challenge.

    The Seahawks (3-2) are showing some life after going 7-22 last season, coach Benny Moss' first. They responded to losses at Illinois State and Indiana with two dominant performances this weekend.

    They shot 64.3 percent overall and hit 7 of 11 3-pointers in Friday's 80-65 win over Longwood while strangling their opponent on defense. And they did the same in the first half against Coppin State, before tapering off in the second.

    Carter shot 9-for-13 and hit 3 of 6 3-pointers to go with five assists, and Hendley was 8-of-12.

    UNC-Wilmington hit 30 of 62 shots overall, but the Seahawks were 19-of-30, including 6-of-13 3-pointers, in the first half and led 48-23 at the break.

    There were open looks thanks to quick passes and a stifling defense.

    It added up to a rough afternoon for Coppin State (3-3), which shot 37.7 percent. Tywain McKee delivered 18 points after scoring 33 and hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer the previous day in a double-overtime win over Southeast Missouri State. But he was the only Eagle in double figures.

    There were no dramatics for a team that rallied from 14 down in the second half and an eight-point deficit in the first overtime on Friday.

    Coppin State scored the game's first two baskets, but things quickly unraveled. UNC-Wilmington answered with nine straight points, Carter's 3-pointer capping the run, and never looked back.

    Vladimir Kuljanin punctuated the half with a dunk over Robert Pressey, who stayed down while clutching his right knee before walking gingerly off the court.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 57 78
    FG Made-Attempted 20-53 (.377) 30-62 (.484)
    3P Made-Attempted 1-4 (.250) 9-23 (.391)
    FT Made-Attempted 16-21 (.762) 9-12 (.750)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 11 36

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