Saturday, April 20, 2024

College hoops: Seahawks break away from Delaware

Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week Chris Flemmings registered his second career double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds as UNCW completed a regular season sweep of Delaware with a 79-70 victory in CAA men’s basketball action Thursday at Trask Coliseum.

The Seahawks won their fourth game in a row to remain in a tie for first place in the CAA with a 13-5 overall record and 5-2 league scorecard. The Blue Hens dropped their 10th consecutive game and nosedived to 5-13 and 0-7.

Denzel Ingram. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics
Denzel Ingram. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics

The slender Flemmings paced the Seahawks in scoring for the 10th time this season and drained a big three-pointer with 1:27 remaining to help UNCW win for the eighth time in nine home outings. Freshman guard C.J. Bryce chipped in 16 points and seven rebounds and junior guard Denzel Ingram had 13 points, five boards and three assists.

“I’ve been telling everyone that when you play someone twice, you’re going to have two different games,” said second-year UNCW Head Coach Kevin Keatts.  “Their two guards were tough tonight. We did a good job on the offensive end, but you have to give them credit. They played us tough and they are a good team. We did a great job of scoring the basketball.”

UNCW, locked in a four-way tie for the league lead, went 6-of-14 from deep to build a 41-31 halftime cushion and survived several comebacks by the pesky Blue Hens before finally improving to 10-3 lifetime against UD at Trask Coliseum.

The Seahawks led by as many as 10 points early in the final period, but the Blue Hens sliced the deficit to seven points, 67-60, on a putback by reserve forward Barnett Harris with 4:34 remaining. Ingram then answered on the other end with a clutch trifecta before UD rallied again.

A layup by King-Davis closed the gap to 70-64 with just over three minutes left to play before reserve forward Trey Grundy made a layup and Flemmings drained a key triple at 1:27 to increase the lead back to 75-66 and the Seahawks closed out their first sweep of the Blue Hens since the 2005-06 campaign.

UNCW travels to the frigid Northeast on Saturday to take on Drexel in Philadelphia in a 6 p.m. tip-off. Delaware visits Charleston for a 4 p.m. clash on Saturday at TD Arena.

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