Junior forward Cedrick Williams scored 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds to power UNCW past Belmont Abbey 101-51 in the first of two exhibitions games to start the season at Trask Coliseum.
The Seahawks play Sunday against Methodist at 2 p.m., before opening the regular season next Friday at Big Ten juggernaut Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.
UNCW recorded its most lopsided exhibition win since starting exhibition tilts in November 1985. It also marked the seventh time the Seahawks have eclipsed the 100-point mark in exhibition play.
Williams, a third-year player from Murfreesboro, Tenn., anchored five players in double figures for the Seahawks, making 6-of-7 shots. Senior guard Tanner Milson chipped in 13 points, senior guard Chris Dixon added 11 and seniors Shane Reybold and Marcus Graham had 10 apiece.
“Quite honestly, they are a far better team,” said Belmont Abbey seventh-year coach Stephen Miss. “We have a lot of things to work on. They are a CAA team and have talented players. It was a glorified practice for them.”
The Seahawks shot 63 percent in the first half and came up with eight steals to jump out to a lead they never relinquished.