Seahawks extend winning streak to five

Seahawks extend winning streak to five

PHILADELPHIA, PA (WECT) - The UNCW men's basketball remains in a tie for first place in the CAA standings after a 77-71 victory over Drexel on Sunday.

The Seahawks (14-5, 6-2 CAA) have won five straight games and are tied with Hofstra and James Madison for first place in the conference.

Chris Flemmings and Denzel Ingram scored 21 points apiece for the Seahawks, who trailed the Dragons by five points at halftime before outscoring Drexel, 45-34, in the second half. Bryce gave the Seahawks three scorers in double figures with 17 points, including 15 in the second half.

"I thought it was a hard fought CAA game," UNCW coach Kevin Keatts said. "Give Drexel credit - they really defended us in the first half. We shot the ball better in the second half and got everyone involved.

"We knew going in that it was going to be a tough game. We got a little frustrated in the first half and started to play one-on-one basketball. When you're playing against a good defensive team and not sharing the basketball, it's not a good formula to win."

UNCW senior guard Craig Ponder, who entered the game averaging 11.9 points, scored only two on Sunday, but it was enough for the Bluefield, W.Va., product to become the 22nd player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

The Seahawks will travel to James Madison on Thursday for a battle of first-place teams. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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