November 13, 2005

Butler Falls to NC Wilington, 75-59

Nov. 13, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - John Goldsberry scored 21 points Sunday to give North Carolina-Wilmington a 75-59 win over Butler in the first game of the Black Coaches Association Invitational.

Todd Hendley added 16 points for the Seahawks (1-0), who led almost the entire game, including by at least 10 points in the second half.

The Bulldogs (0-1) struggled with free throws, making 9 of 16 to the Seahawks' 14 of 16.

Goldsberry's points included 4 of 5 3-pointers - from a line extended nearly a foot under experimental rules for the tournament. He also led North Carolina-Wilmington with seven rebounds and eight assists.

Brandon Polk led Butler with 16 points, followed by Bruce Horan with 13.

The closest the Bulldogs came in the second half was 45-35 soon after the period began. The Seahawks widened that to as much as 61-44 on a 3-pointer by Beckham Wyrick, who finished with 11 points.

North Carolina-Wilmington led 41-31 at halftime and most of the first period.

Butler took an 8-5 lead early in the game on two 3-pointers by Avery Sheets. The Seahawks regained the lead 11-10 on 2-of-2 free throws and back-to-back baskets by Wyrick.