Junior guard Marcus Thornton scored 19 points and William & Mary held off North Carolina-Wilmington 54-50 in a Colonial Athletic Association game on Wednesday night in Wilmington, N.C. The victory was the seventh in 10 road games this season for William & Mary (14-8, 6-3 CAA), which ranks in the top 10 nationally in wins away from home. North Carolina-Wilmington (6-18, 0-9) lost its 13th consecutive game. After leading by five points at halftime, William & Mary used an 11-0 run to open a 37-23 lead with 13:42 remaining. North Carolina-Wilmington fought back and whittled the margin to 53-50 on a basket by forward Shane Reybold with 1:09 left. North Carolina-Wilmington had a chance to tie in the final minute, but forward Cedrick Williams missed a shot inside with 10 seconds left. William & Mary guard Brandon Britt was fouled and made the first of two free throws with eight seconds left to ice it. Thornton, averaging 24.3 points in his previous four games, hit 7 of 12 shots, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range. Tribe forward Tim Rusthoven added 10 points and forward Kyle Gaillard was William & Mary's leading rebounder, with eight. Guard Tanner Milson scored 11 points and Williams had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Seahawks. The Tribe shot 60 percent in the second half and 44.4 percent for the game (20 of 46). William & Mary came into the game ranked 15th nationally in 3-point percentage, at 40.2 percent, but made just 7 of 23 (30.4 percent). William & Mary took its first lead at 6-4 on a basket by Britt with 14:37 left in the opening half. The Tribe never trailed again. A 3-pointer by guard Julian Boatner with 11:42 left gave William & Mary its largest lead of the half at 14-6. North Carolina-Wilmington closed to 17-13 on a basket by guard Craig Ponder with 7:13 left. The Seahawks trailed 22-17 at intermission after both teams failed to score in the final 2:46. Thornton led William & Mary with 10 points in the first half. He hit 2 of 3 3-point shots, but the Tribe struggled from beyond the arc, making just 3 of 14 (21.4 percent).
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