UNCW soars to 18 in mid-major poll; more CAA honors for C.J. Bryce


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Guess what men’s basketball team in the CAA is starting to attract some national attention? It’s none other than UNCW. The Seahawks are up to #18.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — UNCW freshman guard C.J. Bryce has been recognized as the Colonial Athletic Association’s Rookie-of-the-Week in men’s basketball for the fourth time this season, setting a school record for the number of times a newcomer has achieved the honor.

Bryce was singled out after sparking the Seahawks to a pair of conference road victories over Hofstra and Northeastern last week. He was previously showcased for his play on Nov. 30, 2015, Dec. 28, 2015, and Jan. 25, 2016.

It marks the sixth time a UNCW player has been honored by the conference office this season. UNCW holds down first place in the loop with an 18-5 overall record and 10-2 league ledger.

A 6-5, 180-pound guard from Charlotte, Bryce breaks the record of three weekly rookie honors he shared with former Seahawk point guard Chad Tomko, who also hailed from the Queen City.

Bryce averaged a team-best 19.5 points and 3.5 rebounds as the Seahawks took over first place in the CAA standings. He converted 65.4 percent of his field goals on 17-of-26 from the floor and added 4-of-6 at the charity stripe.

The smooth shooting Bryce opened the week by making 11-of-17 field goals and scoring 24 points, including 18 in the second half, in UNCW’s 70-67 victory in a matchup of two first place teams at Hofstra. He capped the outstanding week with 15 points on 6-of-9 from the floor to help the Seahawks go 2-0 on the road trip in a 90-73 rout of Northeastern in Boston.

Bryce ranks third on the team in scoring at 11.7 points per game and is tied for third in rebounding at 4.2 rebounds per game. He leads all CAA freshmen in scoring and has reached double figures in six of the last seven contests.

“C.J. has impressed us with his hard work and dedication,” said Kevin Keatts, UNCW’s second-year coach. “As a basketball staff and team, we’re very excited about this honor for him.” The former North Mecklenburg High School standout is UNCW’s 19th CAA Rookie-of-the-Week selection.

UNCW’s 2015-16 CAA Weekly Honorees

Chris Flemmings, Week of Jan. 18, 2016 (Co)
Chris Flemmings, Week of Feb. 1, 2016

C.J. Bryce, Week of Nov. 30, 2015
C.J. Bryce, Week of Dec. 28, 2015
C.J. Bryce, Week of Jan. 25, 2016
C.J. Bryce, Week of Feb. 8, 2016