RICHMOND, Kentucky — The UNCW men’s basketball team was a very good road team during its CAA championship run in 2015-16; the Seahawks continued that trend Monday night in their first visit away from home in the new season.
Senior guard Chris Flemmings and sophomore forward Devontae Cacok each recorded double doubles as UNCW outscored Eastern Kentucky, 15-6, in overtime to claim a 78-69 decision Monday night at Alumni Coliseum.
“It was a great road win and a good character win for us,” said third-year Head Coach Kevin Keatts, who remained perfect in extra time games at 7-0. “Some guys stepped up when we needed them to and we just found a way to win. We had a couple breakdowns, but you have to win all types of games.”
Sophomore guard C.J Bryce led all scorers with 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Flemmings finished with 18 points and 10 boards, while Cacok had 12 points and 13 caroms.
The Seahawks led by as many as 17 points early and missed a shot at the end of regulation to win the game. But a strong effort in the extra period, including clutch offensive rebounding, propelled the team to its first road win of the new season.
After battling to a 63-all tie in the first 40 minutes, Eastern Kentucky scored the first bucket of the overtime period. However, the Seahawks scored 15 of the next 17 points to put the game away.
The UNCW Seahawks return to the floor Sunday when East Tennessee State visits Trask Coliseum for the second home game in a 3 p.m. tip-off.