College Hoops: Seahawks roll inside Trask Coliseum with division win over Elon

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WILMINGTON — Three players finished in double figures for UNC-Wilmington Monday night as the Seahawks used a big second half to pull away from Elon, 79-63, in front of 4,350 fans at Trask Coliseum.

Senior guard Chris Flemmings and sophomore guard C.J. Bryce scored 19 points apiece for the Seahawks, who moved to a perfect 6-0 at home. Bryce added 11 rebounds for his first career double-double, while senior guard Denzel Ingram also collected 17 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out six assists to fill up the stat sheet for the Seahawks.

“Our defense was tremendous the first 10 minutes of the game,”  Coach Kevin Keatts said. “We totally disrupted them out of everything they did. Our press was special tonight – we had them rush shots that they would normally make.

“We’re a very good basketball team and we could be a special basketball team. We have to find a way to keep defending when the shots aren’t going in,” he said.  “We came back out with great energy in the second half. We shared the basketball and moved the ball around.”

The Seahawks jumped on the Phoenix in the early going, rattling off 23 consecutive points- a school record- to grab a 34-26 advantage at the half. Flemmings was the main catalyst in the 21-0 spurt, scoring 11 points in the rally, as the Seahawks took control. He had three triples in the stretch and Bryce converted a pair of free throws at 11:34 to give UNCW a commanding 23-3 lead midway through the first half

 

After building the eight-point edge at the break, the Seahawks still led 39-33 when Bryce keyed a 9-0 run to gain some separation. Bryce had the last two buckets in the spurt and the Charlotte, N.C., product’s jumper with 16:10 left staked UNCW to a 48-33 margin.

The Seahawks then enjoyed their largest lead of the contest, 77-56, with 4:12 remaining when the versatile Flemmings soared in for a layup.

UNCW improved to 2-0 in conference for the first time since 2005-2006, moving to 13-2 overall. The Seahawks return to the floor with a trip to Philadelphia, Pa. on Thursday, Jan. 5 for a date with Drexel.