WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Devontae Cacok tied UNCW’s career rebounding record after notching his 46th career double-double, but Delaware’s Ithiel Horton stole the show Thursday night in the Blue Hens' 82-69 men’s basketball victory over the Seahawks in Trask Coliseum.
Horton scored 31 points to tie Delaware's single-game freshman scoring record and made a school-record nine 3-pointers to lead the Blue Hens (12-6, 4-6 Colonial Athletic Association) to their fourth consecutive victory.
UNCW (6-11, 2-2), which had won two straight in CAA play, was led by Jay Estime's 15 points. Jeantal Cylla added 13 points and Cacok had 12 points to go along with a team-high 12 rebounds.
Per team rules, Cacok, who is tied with Keith Rendleman for the Seahawks all-time rebound mark with 1,055 boards, will not start Saturday's home game against Drexel because he was whistled for a technical foul in the first half Thursday.
Delaware shot 51.7 percent (27-of-52) from the field and made 15-of-35 (42.9 percent) from 3-point range.
"Our guys looked a little shell shocked when they made some of those deep 3s early," McGrath said of the Blue Hens. "We just never recovered. We couldn't get anything going offensively and couldn't find our rhythm. We just were a step slow. We looked like we were in quicksand a lot of times."
The teams combined for just 15 turnovers and UNCW finished with a season-low six giveaways.
Ty Gadsden was the fourth Seahawk in double-figure scoring with 11 points.
Eric Carter scored 14 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds for Delaware.
Drexel and UNCW are scheduled to tip off at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Trask.