UNCW News Release:
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Senior playmaker Craig Ponder scored a game-high 14 points to help UNCW overwhelm the Patron Regulators, 95-58, on Saturday and complete a sweep of its two games in the BTC Summer of Thunder 2015 hosted by the Bahamas Basketball Federation.
The Seahawks, who routed the Providence Storm, 115-74, on Friday, cruised for the second straight day behind another balanced attack. UNCW jumped ahead, 44-33, at halftime and expanded its lead in the second half before the lopsided 37-point decision.
The revamped Seahawks, making the program’s first foreign trip since 2011, placed six men in double figures to display their valuable depth once again. Ponder topped all players with 14 points and added four assists and six steals to fill up the stat sheet.
Freshman forward Trey Gundy collected 13 points and four rebounds, freshman guard Mark Matthews scored 12 points, freshman guard C.J. Bryce notched 11 points, junior guard Chris Flemmings chipped in 10 points, three rebounds and three assists, and junior forward Marcus Bryan had 10 points and seven boards.
The Seahawks made 38-of-91 field goals for 42 percent from the field and converted 16-of-26 free throws. UNCW’s aggressive defense forced a walloping 37 turnovers by the Regulators, who fell to 0-5 in the Bahamas tourney.
The Regulators remained winless after falling to UNCW, Southern Utah (82-79), Youngstown State (79-76), UCF (93-83) and North Dakota State (68-66).
Made possible through private funding, the trip for the Seahawks is part of the BTC Summer of Thunder 2015, a three-week round robin tournament featuring 15 NCAA Division I teams and several island teams. The facility is about five miles from the team’s headquarters at the Atlantis Resort.
In addition to UNCW, other teams competing in the BTC Summer of Thunder 2015 include Ball State, Bethune-Cookman, UCF, Dayton, Eastern Illinois, Georgia Tech, Middle Tennessee State, North Florida, North Dakota State, Southern Utah, St. Louis, Texas-Arlington, Youngstown State and West Virginia.