Seahawks maintain CAA lead with key win at Hofstra

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HEMPSTEAD, New York – Senior guard Chris Flemmings poured in a game-high 26 points and sophomore guard C.J. Bryce came up clutch down the stretch to propel UNCW past host Hofstra, 83-76, in the club’s Colonial Athletic Association road finale on Saturday at the Mack Sports Complex on Long Island.

With the season sweep of Hoftra, the Seahawks (24-5, 13-3) maintained a one-game lead over College of Charleston for the league lead and two games left on the schedule.

“I thought both teams played hard and really wanted to win,” said UNCW’s Kevin Keatts. “It was a tough game and both teams wanted to come out with a win. I challenged our guys to be better on the defensive end in the second half.

Chris Flemmings had a game-high 26 points. Photo courtesy- UNCW sports.
Chris Flemmings had a game-high 26 points. Photo courtesy- UNCW sports.

“We did a very good job of moving the ball around and got them out of their zone. We got a lot balls into the middle of their zone and Chris (Flemmings) made shots. These were two hard fought wins for us on this trip.”

The versatile Flemmings, the CAA’s Preseason Player-of-the-Year, led all scorers in the contest, while Bryce added 23 points – 16 in the second half.

The Seahawks bolted out to a 46-38 lead at intermission and led by as many as 11 points with 10 minutes left before holding on to improve to 11-3 on the road this season.

UNCW returns to Trask Coliseum to close out the regular season with a pair of games. The Seahawks entertain Towson on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., followed by “Senior Day” vs. Northeastern on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m.