WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) –Junior guard Trevor Deloach recorded a new career high for the third consecutive game with 28 points as UNCW raced past William & Mary, 91-81, in a high-scoring Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball game on Saturday night at Trask Coliseum.
The Seahawks completed a sweep of the regular season series with the Tribe to run their record to 11-13 overall and 5-8 in the CAA. W&M fell for the fifth time in six outings and stands 7-17 and 3-10.
Deloach, from Saluda, S.C., went 10-for-15 from the floor and added five rebounds as UNCW rebounded from its worst shooting night of the season against Georgia State to its best with a 60.8 percent aim. The Seahawks were coming off a 30.5 percent performance on Wednesday in Atlanta. Sophomore forward Keith Rendleman chipped in 22 points and senior guard Chad Tomko had 13 for UNCW.
Four of W&M’s starters reached double digits. Junior guard Quinn McDowell led the way with 18 points, followed by freshman Brandon Britt with 15, senior center Marcus Kitts with 12 and rookie guard Julian Boatner with 11.
The two teams staged a shooting exhibition in the first half, combining for 68.6 percent from the floor (35-for-51) and 50 percent (10-for-20) behind the arc, before the Seahawks capitalized on W&M’s sluggish start in the second half to break away and hold on down the stretch.
The Seahawks scored the first five points of the final period on a trifecta by Deloach and a dunk by Rendleman to extend the lead to 54-45 at 18:28. Rendleman’s transition alley-oop dunk came off a pretty lob pass from Tomko.
While the Tribe was hitting only one of its first eight attempts after the break, the Seahawks used a six-point spurt to gain some separation, 60-47, with just over 15 minutes on the clock. Freshman guard Tanner Milson’s triple in front of the UNCW bench gave the Seahawks a 13-point lead with 15:21 remaining. The margin then swelled to 69-52, the largest of the game for the Seahawks, when Rendleman scored from close range at 10:26.
W&M used long range shooting to make a big surge and get within five points. A 10-2 run, capped by McDowell’s three-ball from the right corner, closed the deficit to 75-70 with 4:56 remaining.
But Tomko rallied the Seahawks with a turnaround jumper in the paint and a Milson drained his second three to get the lead back to 10 points, 80-70, with 3:39 left to play. The Tribe got no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Both teams came out sharp in the early going, combining for 8-for-10 from the field in the first four minutes of the contest. The Tribe made its first five field goal attempts and continue to have the hot hand in taking a 14-9 lead at 15:17 on a three-pointer by Kendrix Brown.
With the game tied at 24-all, though, the Seahawks strung together six unanswered points for a 30-24 advantage. Tomko’s first field goal of the game with 7:26 gave UNCW a 30-24 lead and momentum in a game that featured both teams on fire.
UNCW pushed the margin to 34-26 on a stop and pop jumper by Deloach in the paint at 5:46 before the Tribe responded with back-to-back treys by Boatner and McDowell to slice the lead to 34-32 at 5:04.
UNCW wraps up a two-game homestand on Tuesday with a televised matchup against George Mason at 7 p.m. W&M returns to Kaplan Arena to entertain Old Dominion on Wednesday in a 7 p.m. tip-off.
GAME NOTES: The Seahawks now leads the 56-game series, 37-19…UNCW snapped W&M’s two-game winning streak at Trask Coliseum…The Seahawks hiked their record against the Tribe at Trask Coliseum to 19-9…Tomko did not start for the first time this season…Tomko reached double figures for the 13th straight game…Only nine players dressed for UNCW and seven scored…The Seahawks had just eight turnovers…UNCW scored a season-high 49 points in the first half…Reserve guard Darryl Felder scored eight points and collected five boards…Six of UNCW’s seven players scored at least eight points…Deloach added four steals to his best performance of the season…UNCW won the rebounding battle, 32-26…W&M went 14-for-34 behind the arc.
article courtesy UNCW Sports Information