The previously unbeaten UNCW men’s basketball team trailed by as many as 25 early in the second half before surging back late in the period, but Georgetown held on down the stretch to secure an 87-82 victory over the Seahawks at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. on Saturday afternoon.
It was the fifth straight win and sixth in the last seven games for the Hoyas, who improve to 6-3 overall, while UNCW fell to 5-1.
Junior guard Chris Flemmings anchored four Seahawks in double figures with 19 points, including 13 in UNCW’s second half surge. Graduate forward Dylan Sherwood and junior forward Marcus Bryan collected 14 points apiece, while sophomore playmaker Jordon Tally had 11 points and seven assists. Bryan also snagged a career-high 12 rebounds for UNCW.
Senior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera of Georgetown led all scorers with 27 points and added five assists in 36 minutes. Freshman forward Marcus Derrickson scored 15 and sophomore forward Isaac Copeland had 10 for the Hoyas, who shot 48 percent from the floor.
In the first match-up between the two schools, Georgetown capitalized on UNCW’s cold shooting to carve out a 39-28 lead at intermission before surviving a wild finish against the up-to-challenge Seahawks.
Trailing 73-48 with 8:14 left in the contest, the Seahawks rallied to make it a one-possession game in the final minute before the Hoyas closed it out.
After a Smith-Rivera triple from the top of the key with just over eight minutes left staked the Hoyas to a comfortable 25-point margin, Flemmings answered with a trifecta and the comeback was on. The Seahawks then outscored the Hoyas 32-10 over the next seven minutes and Talley connected on two of three free throws to chip the lead to 83-80, with 18 seconds left.
Less than a second later, Smith-Rivera tossed in a pair of free throws to get the advantage back to five points before Ingram connected on a short jumper. A pair of free throws by Tre Campbell with four ticks on the clock sealed the win for the Hoyas.
UNCW shot just 24.1 percent in the first half on 7-of-29 shooting, while Georgetown managed 42.3 percent on 11-of-26.
The Seahawks continue a stretch of five straight games away from Trask Coliseum on Wednesday, Dec. 16, with a 7 p.m. tip at East Carolina.