UNC Wilmington Captures BCA Title With Win Over Northwestern

Nov. 15, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Todd Hendley scored 11 points to lead North Carolina-Wilmington to a 56-48 lead over Northwestern to win the Black Coaches Association Invitational on Tuesday.

Mitch Laue added 10 points and Temi Soyebo had 9 rebounds for the Seahawks (3-0).

In the second half, North Carolina-Wilmington led by as much as 41-29 on a 3-pointer by Soyebo, but that lead shrank to 41-37 on a basket by Mohamed Hachad and 6-of-6 free throws by Northwestern.

The Seahawks, however, were able to widen their lead to 52-41 on seven unanswered points.

Vedran Vukusic drained two 3-pointers and Michael Jenkins had a free throw for the Wildcats in the final minute and a half, but North Carolina-Wilmington made 4 of 7 free throws to preserve its lead and claim the tournament title.

Vukusic led Northwestern (2-1) with 23 points. Hachad added 10 points and Tim Doyle had seven rebounds for the Wildcats.

The Seahawks shot 43 percent to Northwestern's 41 percent.

North Carolina-Wilmington led 23-17 at the half.

The Seahawks led from the opening minutes and outshot the Wildcats 35 percent to 30 percent in the first half.