Mumps virus postpones away game for UNCW basketball team


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)An upcoming away game for the UNCW men’s basketball team at James Madison University has been postponed due to suspected cases of mumps.

The game was scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 8 on the Harrisonburg, Virginia campus.

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The Seahawks and Dukes were slated to square off at 7 p.m. at the JMU Convocation Center before league and school officials decided to postpone the contest. UNCW edged JMU, 71-68, in the first pairing between the two teams on Jan. 25 in Wilmington.

“It’s unfortunate, but we certainly understand, and send along our best wishes to all those who are affected,” said UNCW Head Coach C.B. McGrath. “Our foremost concern is the health and well-being of the student-athletes at JMU. We look forward to getting back on the court Saturday with our Homecoming game vs. Hofstra.”

Brought on by the mumps virus, Mumps is a viral disease whose initial symptoms include fever, muscle pain, headache and feeling tired.

The last time the Seahawks had a game postponed was Jan. 22, 2016, when UNCW’s game at Drexel was delayed one day due to a crippling snowstorm in the Philadelphia area.