College Hoops: UNC-Wilmington runs off seventh straight in 500th game at Trask Coliseum

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WILMINGTON— Senior guard Chris Flemmings led five players in double figures with 17 points as UNCW shot 67.2 percent from the floor to reel off its seventh consecutive victory, 100-64, over visiting Radford Saturday afternoon.

The Seahawks, 10-1, are off to the best start in the school’s history and have not lost since a five-point defeat to Middle Tennessee State in Nashville back on Nov. 25. The Highlanders of the Big South Conference stand 4-6 on the season.

Chris Flemmings leads UNCW in scoring this season. Photo courtesy- UNCW Sports
Chris Flemmings leads UNCW in scoring this season. Photo courtesy- UNCW Sports

UNCW celebrated its 500th game in Trask Coliseum in style by posting the fourth largest winning margin under Kevin Keatts and scoring 34 points off 22 Radford turnovers with their customary pressure defense.

“In our 11 games so far, this is probably the best we’ve played on both sides,” said Keatts. “Offensively, we were clicking and making shots. And I thought our defense was really, really good today.

“It was a great game for us. We were very unselfish. We had 18 assists and got a lot of contributions from a lot of guys and I’ve got to be happy as a coach with the game we played today.”

Flemmings, the CAA’s Preseason Player-of-the-Year, topped the Seahawks in scoring for the fourth time by hitting 7-of-10 field goals en route to 17 points and his 10th double figure game of the season. Sophomore forward Devontae Cacok scored 17 points, sophomore guards C.J. Bryce andJaQuel Richmond chipped in 14 points and graduate guard Ambrose Mosley had 11.

In shooting the second highest percentage in school history, the Seahawks cleared 50 percent from the field for the sixth time this season and the fifth time in their last six contests. The total included 68.8 percent after intermission.

UNCW wasted no time in taking control of the contest and cruised to a 49-25 lead at halftime after scoring 26 points off turnovers by the shaken Highlanders.

It was more of the same after intermission as the Seahawks poured it on to post the largest scoring differential in the nine-game series. UNCW notched its largest lead of the game, 98-59, on a corner jumper by reserve Matt Elmore with 1:48 remaining.

Cacok, who entered the contest ranked third in the nation in field goal goal percentage, made all seven of his field goals on an assortment of shots around the bucket. He now owns the school record with 15 consecutive field goals over the last two games, combined with an 8-for-8 aim in Wednesday’s game at Campbell.

The Seahawks conclude the pre-Christmas portion of their schedule on Tuesday with a 6:30 p.m. matchup with regional rival East Carolina at Trask Coliseum.