UNCW basketball now tied for first place in CAA; UNCW women lose, 20 for CCU’s Elijah Wilson


NEWARK, DE (UNCW) – Delaware used a monster second half, shooting 65.2 percent and holding league-leading UNCW without a field goal over the first 9:18 of the period, to upset the Seahawks, 70-59, in Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball action Thursday night at the Bob Carpenter Center.

The Blue Hens improved to 8-18 overall and 7-8 in the CAA with the victory and earned a split of the regular season series with the Seahawks. UNCW now stands 15-11 in all games and 10-5 in the CAA, and dropped into a crowded four-way tie for first place in the circuit with three games left to play in the regular season.

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UNCW is joined at the top of the league by Northeastern (18-10, 10-5), William & Mary (16-10, 10-5) and James Madison (17-11, 10-5).

“Give Delaware credit, they were the more aggressive team tonight,” said UNCW first-year Head Coach Kevin Keatts. “It’s tough to get into your press when you’re not scoring. We weren’t able to get our press going because we weren’t doing a good job of scoring the basketball.

“We played a very good first half and didn’t get everything right on the defensive end in the second half. We just have to figure things out in a short amount of time.”

Sophomore guard Cazmon Hayes was held scoreless in the first meeting between the two teams, but showed up big on Thursday, leading three Blue Hens in double figures with a game-high 19 points. Junior forward Marvin King-Davis added 16 points and a team-best eight rebounds and senior guard Kyle Anderson chipped in 11 markers – all in UD’s explosive second half.

Junior guard Craig Ponder paced four Seahawks in double digits with 14 points. Junior forward Dylan Sherwood scored 12 points off the bench on four treys, freshman point guard Jordon Talley contributed 11 and senior guard Freddie Jackson recorded his third career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Delaware, which defeated a CAA leader for the third time in four outings, trailed by 10 points at intermission, but stormed back over the final 20 minutes to overtake the Seahawks and avenge a 74-73 overtime loss in early January back in Wilmington.

Leading 35-25 at the break, the Seahawks did not make a field goal until Talley’s bucket from the top of the key with 10:42 left in the game. UNCW missed its first eight field goal attempts and converted just 5-of-24 in the last half. Delaware, meanwhile, opened the second half with a 30-9 blitz to put the Seahawks on their heels.

The Blue Hens took the lead for good with 12:31 left on a baseline jumper by King-Davis and the lead swelled to as many as 14 points, 67-53, on Anderson’s three-pointer with 2:40 left in the contest.

The Seahawks were mired in foul trouble most of the night, with two starters – Addison Spruill and Cedrick Williams – fouling out and Talley finishing with four personals. The Blue Hens capitalized by scoring 38 points in the paint and shooting over 60 percent in the second half after making just 37 percent in the first period.

King-Davis scored on a slam dunk with 17:44 left in the first half to give the Blue Hens a quick 7-4 advantage before the Seahawks got untracked.

Talley scored on a steal and layup to key an 11-0 run as the Seahawks made five of their next seven field goal attempts to take control. Sherwood swished the first of three first-half trifectas to help UNCW cruise out to a 15-7 lead.

But the Blue Hens gradually cut into the lead in the middle of the first period and narrowed the deficit to one point on three occasions before the Seahawks took over again late in the opening period.

After Kory Holden scored on a nifty layup with 4:12 showing to close the gap to 24-23, UNCW outscored UD, 11-2, over the final four minutes to build a 35-25 margin – their largest lead of the opening 20 minutes – at the break. Sherwood delivered two more three-pointers in the strong finish and Talley added a layup and two free throws with 26 seconds on the clock en route to eight points in the first half.

The Seahawk complete their two-game swing to the Mid-Atlantic area by visiting SECU Arena on Saturday for a 2 p.m. tip-off vs. Towson. The Blue Hens entertain CAA newcomer Elon on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

GAME NOTES: The Seahawks now stand 17-11 lifetime vs. Delaware, including 7-5 at the Bob Carpenter Center…UNCW has dropped seven in a row in Newark…Kyle Anderson was held scoreless in the first half on 0-for-7 from the field…The two team’s leading scorers, Addison Spruill (14.2) and Kyle Anderson (14.8) went a combined 7-fo-28 from the floor…UD outscored UNCW, 45-24, in the second half…Each team made 15 free throws…The Seahawks had 12 steals on the night…The Blue Hens wound up shooting 50 percent on the night, becoming the sixth team to reach the standard this season…Craig Ponder dished out five assists for the Seahawks…Freddie Jackson played a game-high 38 minutes…The Seahawks had 12 offensive rebounds…UNCW scored 22 points off 16 Delaware turnovers.


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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — Junior guard Shatia Cole (Myrtle Beach H.S./Myrtle Beach, S.C.) and sophomore guard Brie Mobley (Winter Haven H.S./Winter Haven, Fla.) each scored 11 points, but it was not enough as the UNCW women’s basketball team dropped an 85-49 Colonial Athletic Association decision against No. 23/21 James Madison at Trask Coliseum on Thursday evening.

The Dukes, who improve to 23-2 overall and 14-0 in the CAA, secured at least a share of the regular season championship and the top seed in the CAA Tournament after winning their 14th game in a row. Meanwhile, the Seahawks fall to 10-15 overall and 6-8 in the CAA after having their two-game win streak snapped.

Junior guard Precious Hall (Maclay School/Tallahassee, Fla.) scored 17 of her game-high 25 points in the first half to lead the Dukes to the victory. She made 8 of 13 shots from the floor, including a 2-for-6 effort from three-point range, along with connecting on 7 of 10 free throws.

After the Dukes battled UNCW to a 19-16 advantage in the opening 8:33 of the first half, James Madison scored 12 of the next 14 points, including 10 points from Hall, to increase the margin to 31-18 with 6:51 remaining in the period.

The Seahawks trimmed the deficit to 34-26 with 1:02 remaining in the first half before a pair of Hall free throws gave James Madison a 10-point edge at the intermission.

The Dukes broke away in the first 13-plus minutes of the second half by going on a 40-10 run, upping their lead to 76-36 with 6:36 remaining.

Hall was one of three JMU players to score in double figures. Junior guard Ashley Perez (Manchester H.S./Manchester, Conn.) came off the bench to score 13 points while junior guard Jazmon Gwathmey (Liberty H.S./Bealeton, Va.) added 11 points with five steals.

Cole made five of eight shots from the floor and tallied four rebounds while Mobley added five rebounds and two steals for UNCW, which outrebounded the Dukes by a 48-42 margin.

The Seahawks will play their penultimate road game of the regular season on Sunday, Feb. 22 when they visit Towson for a 2:00 p.m. CAA game at SECU Arena. Meanwhile, the Dukes will host Hofstra on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


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** Note – Elijah Wilson is a Laney High grad, DJ Mason is a West Bladen grad

CONWAY, SC(CCU) – Coastal Carolina used seven 3-pointers during the final seven minutes of the first half to expand a three-point lead to 24 on its way to an 81-57 victory over Campbell Thursday evening in Big South men’s basketball action at The HTC Center.

The victory pushed Coastal to 20-9 overall and 11-5 in conference play. The 20-win season is the 12th in Chanticleer program history and the fourth under head coach Cliff Ellis in his eight seasons in Conway.

Elijah Wilson led four Chants in double-figures with his season-high 20 points. The sophomore made eight of his 14 attempts, including three 3-pointers. The senior duo of Warren Gillis and Josh Cameron scored 17 and 16 points, respectively. Shivaughn Wiggins also reached double-digits for the 16ht time this season.

Campbell (9-19, 3-12 Big South) was led by Andrew Ryan’s 20 points. D.J. Mason contributed 13, while Curtis Phillips scored 12.

Coastal led Campbell 22-19 after the Fighting Camels’ Mason knocked down a 3-pointer from the left wing with 8:41 to go on the first-half clock. The Chanticleers then received two points via Gillis free throws to ignite a 25-4 half-ending run. Coastal knocked down 7-of-8 3-pointers during the run, including five straight. Campbell received each of its four points at the free-throw line and missed each of its nine field goals. Cameron hit CCU’s final two threes of the half and Wilson capped the period’s scoring with a fast-break layup off a Cameron assist, lifting the Chants to a 47-23 lead.

The 24-point halftime lead tied Coastal’s largest of the season (led Trinity Baptist 38-14), while the squad’s 66.7 field goal percentage (16-of-24) also tied the season-high. Wilson finished the half with 17 points, while Cameron counted 15.

Campbell cut Coastal’s lead to 13 at 52-39 with a 16-4 run to open the second half, but the Chants countered with a 14-7 streak to reestablish its 20-point lead with 8:47 to play. The Camels never threatened the rest of the way as the Chanticleers posted its 12 win of the season inside The HTC Center.

Coastal closed the game making 27-of-54 shots for a 54.0 shooting percentage, including 8-of-16 threes. The Chants also outrebounded Campbell 41-23 and outscored the Camels 24-6 in the paint.

Prior to the game seniors Gillis and Cameron were honored for their career accomplishments and contributions to Coastal Carolina basketball.

The Chanticleers hit the road for their two-game, regular-season ending games at Longwood and Presbyterian College. The Chants face the Lancer of Longwood on Mon., Feb. 17 before closing out its regular season slate at Presbyterian College on Thurs., Feb. 26.