WILMINGTON, North Carolina. – Colonial Athletic Association Player-of-the-Week Chris Flemmings registered his second career double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds as UNCW completed a regular season sweep of Delaware with a 79-70 victory in CAA men’s basketball action Thursday at Trask Coliseum.
The Seahawks won their fourth game in a row to remain in a tie for first place in the CAA with a 13-5 overall record and 5-2 league scorecard. The Blue Hens dropped their 10th consecutive game and nosedived to 5-13 and 0-7.
The slender Flemmings paced the Seahawks in scoring for the 10th time this season and drained a big three-pointer with 1:27 remaining to help UNCW win for the eighth time in nine home outings. Freshman guard C.J. Bryce chipped in 16 points and seven rebounds and junior guard Denzel Ingram had 13 points, five boards and three assists.
Sophomore guard Kory Holden of Delaware led all players with 22 points and anchored four Blue Hens in double figures. Junior center Maurice Jeffers collected 12 points and senior forward Marvin King-Davis and sophomore guard Anthony Mosley had 11 apiece.
“I’ve been telling everyone that when you play someone twice, you’re going to have two different games,” said second-year UNCW Head Coach Kevin Keatts. The Seahawks handled the Blue Hens, 85-57, just 12 days ago in the first meeting of the two teams in Newark, Dela.
“Their two guards were tough tonight. We did a good job on the offensive end, but you have to give them credit. They played us tough and they are a good team. We did a great job of scoring the basketball.”
UNCW, locked in a four-way tie for the league lead, went 6-of-14 from deep to build a 41-31 halftime cushion and survived several comebacks by the pesky Blue Hens before finally improving to 10-3 lifetime against UD at Trask Coliseum.
The Seahawks led by as many as 10 points early in the final period, but the Blue Hens sliced the deficit to seven points, 67-60, on a putback by reserve forward Barnett Harris with 4:34 remaining. Ingram then answered on the other end with a clutch trifecta before UD rallied again.
A layup by King-Davis closed the gap to 70-64 with just over three minutes left to play before reserve forward Trey Grundy made a layup and Flemmings drained a key triple at 1:27 to increase the lead back to 75-66 and the Seahawks closed out their first sweep of the Blue Hens since 2005-06 campaign.
In the second half, the Blue Hens came out blazing and connected on four of their first five field goal attempts to close the gap to 45-39 on Holden’s layup at 16:43.
The Seahawks grabbed control early in the contest and back-to-back trifectas by Craig Ponder and Dylan Sherwood staked the team to a 17-13 advantage just nine minutes into the contest. Sherwood’s first trey of the game at 11:44 gave the Seahawks some early breathing room.
UNCW capitalized on a scoring drought by the Blue Hens to widen their lead to 24-13 on Grundy’s nifty move inside at 7:43. Delaware, meantime, struggled from the field, missing eight straight shots at one point over a 4:53 span.
The springy Bryce, a two-time CAA Rookie-of-the-Week selection, had the hot hand early and scored on an offensive rebound and putback with 6:28 left in the first half as the lead swelled to 27-13.
Delaware used an 8-2 spurt and climbed within 35-27 on a pair of free throws by Jeffers with 1:31 left in the opening period, but Flemmings and Ponder responded with three-pointers and the Seahawks went into the break with a 10-point margin.
UNCW travels to the frigid Northeast on Saturday to take on Drexel in Philadelphia in a 6 p.m. tip-off. Delaware visits Charleston for a 4 p.m. clash on Saturday at TD Arena.
GAME NOTES: The Seahawks lead the all-time series 19-11….The Seahawks went 9-of-26 from deep and the Blue Hens finished just 2-of-10…UNCW’s streak of three straight games shooting better than 50 percent came to an end…Delaware shot 50 percent in the second half to stay within striking distance of the Seahawks…Marvin King-Davis finished with 18 less points than his first pairing against the Seahawks on Jan. 16 at the Bob Carpenter Center…UNCW matched its season low for turnovers with seven…Craig Ponder paced the Seahawks in assists with four dimes…Craig Ponder had eight points and is just two shy of becoming the 22nd 1,000-point scorer in the program…UNCW outrebounded UD by a narrow 39-38 margin…Kory Holden attempted 25 of UD’s 58 field goals…Denzel Ingram topped all players with 38 minutes on the floor.