WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Cedrick Williams turned in a double-double, and UNC Wilmington won 67-59 over UNC Asheville in a nonconference affair that featured eight lead changes.
The Seahawks, playing in their season opener, trailed 51-49 with just over four minutes left when Tanner Milson drained a 3-pointer and Keith Rendleman tossed down a dunk to put UNC Wilmington into the lead.
UNC Asheville (1-1) clawed back as close as 56-55, but two Rendleman free throws jumpstarted a 7-0 run to help the Seahawks ensure victory.
Williams finished with a team-best 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
The second half featured six lead changes, with neither team leading by more than five until UNC Wilmington's final advantage.
UNC Wilmington has won each of the past 11 meetings between the intrastate rivals.
The Bulldogs' Jeremy Atkinson led all scorers with 17 points.
UNC Asheville connected on just 2 of 17 3-point shots.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.