WILMINGTON- The UNCW men’s basketball team set nine school records on Saturday to give Kevin Keatts his 50th career win in high flying 126-113 victory over pesky NCAA Division II Pfeiffer at Trask Coliseum.
Senior guard Chris Flemmings and sophomore forward Devontae Cacock each poured in career-highs of 34 points and sophomore guard C.J. Bryce added 25 points for the Seahawks, who won their fourth straight game to improve to 7-1 this season.
“We came first today in a track meet,” said Keatts, who owns a 50-23 record in three seasons at UNCW. “When you watch those guys on tape, you respect how good and how fast they are. I knew we had a very good, explosive basketball team coming here.”
Flemmings scored 19 of his 34 points in the second half when the Seahawks created some breathing room from the Falcons and registered his ninth career double-double. Cacok collected a double-double with 19 rebounds, two shy of the school record. Junior playmaker Jordon Talley added 18 points to give the Seahawks four in double figures.
UNCW wound up setting school records for most points (126), most points in Trask Coliseum (126), most combined points (239), most points in a half (65), most dunks (Cacok/11), most team dunks (14), most combined fouls (62) and first time two players scored 30+ points (Flemmings/Cacok).
Cacok enjoyed the most productive offensive performance of his career with his 11 dunks and an assortment of moves around the bucket. He wound up hitting 16-of-17 shots and a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds at halftime. In addition, he moved into second on the all-time dunk list at UNCW with 44 slams.
Trailing 65-57 at intermission, the Falcons narrowed the margin to 70-64 on a three-pointer by Brendan Jones with 17:28 remaining, but it was the closest Pfeiffer could come to the Seahawks, who shot 63.3 percent in the second half.
The Seahawks, behind Cacok, shot 57.5 percent in the opening 20 minutes to carve out a 65-57 lead. Flemmings scored the final five points to give the Seahawks an eight-point lead at halftime.
UNCW gets a much need break to complete final exams before returning to the floor next Saturday, Dec. 10, to play St. Bonaventure in Olean, N.Y.