Reining Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week C.J. Bryce posted his second straight career scoring high with 24 points to power UNCW past Campbell 106-83 in the 101st meeting between the two longtime state rivals on Monday at Trask Coliseum.
The Seahawks, playing the first of three games in six days after the Christmas holiday, won their third in a row to improve to 8-3 on the season. It marked the third time this season and the second time in three outings that the Seahawks eclipsed the century mark in scoring.
“I thought we adjusted and played a tremendous second half,” said Kevin Keatts, UNCW’s second-year head coach, whose club lit up the scoreboard with a season-high 65 points after intermission. “We went into halftime and we wanted to drive the basketball and get into the paint. We were very aggressive in the second half.”
Bryce, a 6-5, 185-pound guard out of Charlotte, N.C., was named the CAA’s top newcomer earlier in the day and celebrated by going 9-of-17, including 4-of-5 behind the arc, and collecting six rebounds to give UNCW five players in double figures for the fifth time this season.
Junior guard Chris Flemmings added 18 points and sophomore playmaker Jordon Talley had 15 for UNCW, which won its seventh straight over the Camels at Trask Coliseum. Redshirt senior guard Craig Ponder and junior guard Denzel Ingram also chipped in 13 points apiece in a balanced attack.
Flemmings, a transfer from Barton, recorded UNCW’s second double-double of the season with a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with his 18 points.
UNCW shot 41.2 percent in carving out a 41-36 halftime lead and then torched the nets for 69.4 percent on 25-of-36 shooting in the second half to break open a close game. The torrid shooting included 7-of-10 behind the arc after break as the Seahawks finished 9-of-18 from deep for the contest.
The Seahawks continue their three-game home stand on Thursday by starting Colonial Athletic Association play with Drexel in a 1 p.m. New Year’s Eve clash.