BOSTON – UNCW has been what you might expect a team with its personnel makeup to be: inconsistent. They can look very good, like a team with a very high ceiling, and they can look bad. This is evidenced by just six of their games being decided by ten points or less (they are 2-4 in such games). Saturday’s 68-64 loss at Northeastern was one more like that, played within a ten-point window, and familiar foes played a role in the result for UNCW.
The Seahawks can hang their hat on Keith Rendleman. That was a given before the season, and the senior forward has done nothing to disabuse anyone of that notion thus far, including his 13 points and 14 rebounds on Saturday. Tanner Milson, who hit six three-pointers en route to 20 points, has also started every game except Saturday’s, but he has become one they can count on, and Cedric Williams seems to be getting there if he isn’t already. Head coach Buzz Peterson also mentioned Craig Ponder as being in that category, but after that, the growing pains of this inexperienced group are clear.