||Greensboro College “Pride”|
|2017-18 Record: 2-9||2017-18 Record: 2-6|
|Last Game: l. vs. Howard, 80-75, 12-22-17||Last Game: l. at Methodist, 99-79, 12-20-17|
|Head Coach: C.B. McGrath (1st Season)||Head Coach: Bryan Galuski (13th Season)|
|Roster | Schedule-Results | Statistics | Website||Roster | Schedule-Results | Statistics | Website|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – With the Christmas holiday over, the UNCW men’s basketball team kicks off a busy stretch of three games in six days on Thursday when NCAA Division III Greensboro visits Trask Coliseum for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
The Seahawks, 2-9, take on the Pride, 2-6, in the first meeting between the two schools. It’s the final non-conference game of the season before UNCW opens Colonial Athletic Association play on Saturday (Dec. 30) vs. Delaware.
UNCW is coming off a pair of losses in the 2017 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational in El Paso, Texas. Eventual champion North Dakota State cruised to a 100-67 verdict over the Seahawks in the tournament opener last Thursday before Howard edged UNCW 80-75, in the consolation game of the four-team event on Friday.
The non-conference slate has been a challenging one for the Seahawks, who stand 2-1 on their home floor in 2017-18. Opponents have fashioned a 76-58 record heading into Thursday’s game, with a .567 winning percentage.
In its 13th season under Bryan Galuski, Greensboro is also returning to the hardwood after the break. The Pride last played on Dec. 20 and suffered a 99-79 loss at Methodist. GC is 2-4 away from the Gate City this season.
Sophomore guard Darus Maddox anchors four players notching double figures for the Pride at 18.1 ppg. He is complemented by senior guard Joseph Gatling (13.5), junior guard Trey Smith (10.9) and junior guard Carmoni Marks (10.1). Overall, the Pride is averaging 84.9 ppg and allowing 92.6 ppg.
Greensboro is the second of two non-Division I opponents for the Seahawks this year. UNCW is 42-7 lifetime against non-D I foes and has reeled off 11 consecutive wins vs. the group since a 55-54 loss at Alaska-Fairbanks in the Top of the World Classic on Nov. 24, 1996.
The two schools have featured one common opponent, N.C. Wesleyan, this season. UNCW crushed NCWC, 105-81, in the season opener at Trask Coliseum on Nov. 11, while Greensboro fell to the Battling Bishops, 91-75, on Dec. 16 in Rocky Mount.
The Seahawks are playing the sixth of eight games against a North Carolina foe this season. UNCW has won two of five games against state competition, beating N.C. Wesleyan and Campbell and falling to Davidson, East Carolina and UNC Greensboro.
The centerpiece of UNCW’s attack has been workhorse junior forward Devontae Cacok, who is averaging a double-double of 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds. The Riverdale, Ga., product has reached double figures in scoring in 15 consecutive games dating back to last season and tops the CAA in rebounding (12.5) and field goal percentage (.650). He owns eight double-doubles in 11 games and ranks second in the nation in rebounds per game.
Following Thursday’s tilt, the Seahawks open defense of their back-to-back CAA crowns on Saturday with a 7 p.m. matchup vs. Delaware. UNCW then hosts Drexel on Tuesday as Head Coach C.B. McGrath‘s team begins the conference slate with a pair of home games.
Live Seahawk Digital Network (SDN) coverage of the UNCW-GC contest begins at 6:45 p.m. ET with Mike Vaccaro, the “Voice of the Seahawks,” and Marty Feurer providing the call. Visit UNCWsports.com/SDN for live audio coverage. In addition, a radio broadcast of the game can be heard on “The Ticket” 95.9 FM and WKXB (99.9 FM-HD3).
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