NASHVILLE, Tennessee — After dropping its opening game during Thanksgiving weekend for its first defeat of the season, the UNCW men’s basketball rebounded in a big way with back-to-back wins to close out the Challenge in Music City event.
Following a 68-63 setback against Middle Tennessee State in the Seahawks first of three contests in as many days, Denzel Ingram boosted UNCW with a 23-foot jump shot as time expired for a 65-62 over Evansville on Saturday night in Nashville.
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Up by one with 5.7 seconds left, Evansville appeared to be in the driver’s seat, but junior guard Duane Gibson turned the ball over near the top of the key, giving the Seahawks a chance to win it in regulation. UNCW Third-Year Head Coach Kevin Keatts called timeout and Ingram did the rest, dribbling to the right side of the court and launching his game-winner to set off a wild celebration on the Seahawk bench.
Evansville was in control for most of the second half before the Seahawks took a 53-52 edge at the nine-minute mark on a trey by CAA Preseaon Player of the Year, Chris Flemmings. Evansville answered and regained the lead, 62-60, on a free throw by Brown with 1:14 remaining to set up the dramatic finish.
On Sunday, Devontae Cacok led four players in double figures with 18 points as UNCW rolled to a 102-77 victory over Toledo. The Seahawks shot 57.1 percent from the floor to improve to 5-1 on the young season.