ORLANDO | UNC-Wilmington was the third post-high school institution Ambrose Mosley attended.

 

The First Coast High School graduate wishes his experience with the Seahawks could have lasted longer.


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Mosley’s college career ended on Thursday when UNC-W lost to Virginia 76-71 in a first-round NCAA Tournament game at the Amway Center. He did his level best, making all five of his field-goal attempts — four from beyond the 3-point arc — and scored 14 points.

Mosley also added five rebounds.

“I wish I had four more years with these guys,” Mosley said after the game, slumped on a stool in a hushed Seahawks locker room. “They welcomed me with open arms from the beginning. It was like being embraced by a family.”

For the first three-quarters of the game, UNC-W was embracing the possibility of the first Cinderella of the tournament. Mosley sank three 3-pointers in the first half as the Seahawks raced out to a stunning 26-11 lead.

However, Virginia went on a 15-2 run and took a 30-29 halftime lead.

Mosley wasn’t done. He made a 3-pointer with 12:44 left to give the Seahawks their final lead of the game, 45-44. London Perrantes scored the next two baskets for UVa and the Cavaliers never trailed after that.

Mosley’s final 3-pointer was the only shot he attempted in the second half.

“The way our offense was running, I got the opportunities in the first half,” he said. “My teammates got the opportunities in the second half.”

White ‘Pipes it Up’

When the University of Florida starting five broke its pre-tip huddle against East Tennessee, every player was laughing.

Thank coach Mike White for loosening them up. When asked after the game what everyone was laughing about, White said, “Go ahead … you can throw me under the bus.”

The Amway Arena sound system was playing a song by the Migos, “Pipe it Up.” When White heard the lyrics, he told his players, “come on guys … let’s pipe it up. I love that song.”

For some reason, it cracked the entire team up.

“We were, ‘what?’” said Devin Robinson. “It was just funny. He just got us going.”

Hayes breaks steal record

Most records for steals are held by guards.

Florida sophomore center Kevarrius Hayes changed that on Thursday against the Buccaneers.

Hayes had six steals, breaking the Florida NCAA Tournament record of five that was last matched in 1999 by Eddie Shannon.

Hayes said he was just in the right places at the right times.

“It’s not so much practice,” he said. “I guess I was very fortunate.”

White moving up

Florida’s victory was the 46th in two years under White, which ties Bruce Pearl (Tennessee) for the fourth-most by an SEC coach in their first two seasons.

White broke the Florida record of 36 victories in the first two seasons held by Tommy Bartlett (1967-1968) with UF’s victory over Oklahoma on Jan. 28. Billy Donovan won 27 games in his first two years.