WILMINGTON – UNCW shot a blistering 70.4 percent in the first half and tied a conference record with 21 three-pointers in coasting past Delaware, 108-80, to remain in a tie for first place in the Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball standings on Saturday at Trask Coliseum.
Playing before their third consecutive sellout, the Seahawks (21-3, 10-2) completed a sweep of the regular season series with the Blue Hens after taking the first meeting, 91-81, on Jan. 7 in Newark. UNCW and Charleston sit atop the CAA with identical 10-2 league marks, while Elon, William & Mary and Towson sit in a logjam for third place at 7-5.
Senior guard Chris Flemmings paced the Seahawks in scoring for the team-leading ninth time this season with 22 points. Graduate guard Ambrose Mosley added a career-high 18 points.
UNCW buried 21-of-32 three-point attempts to set a single game school record, bettering a 17-for-30 performance in a 101-92 loss at Troy on Dec. 22, 2008. The three-point barrage also matched Northeastern’s CAA-record 21 triples vs. the Blue Hens on Jan. 5 in Boston.
The Seahawks reached the century mark for the seventh time this season and the 11th time in Keatts’ three-year stint in the Port City. Sophomore forward Devonate Cacok and rookie guard Jayle Fornes chipped in 17 points apiece.
After enjoying a 54-37 bulge at the break, the Seahawks continued their aerial assault, canning 17-of-25 field goals in the second half. Overall, UNCW made 11-of-16 three’s in the first half and 10-of-16 after the break.
The largest lead of the contest came with 42 seconds remaining when Mosley found the bottom of the net for the sixth time from long range in the left corner.
The Seahawks close out their season-long three-game homestand on Thursday (Feb. 9) when James Madison visits Trask Coliseum for another 7 p.m. contest.