WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW begins its second time around the CAA men’s basketball carousel this week when Towson and James Madison visit the Port City to close out a four-game home stand for the Seahawks.
The Seahawks (8-14, 4-5) and Tigers (7-15, 3-6) square off for the second time this season in a 7 p.m. tip-off on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. UNCW edged Towson, 67-61, back on Jan. 5 at SECU Arena.
Live Seahawk Digital Network (SDN) coverage of the UNCW-TU contest kicks off at 6:45 p.m. with Mike Vaccaro, the “Voice of the Seahawks,” and color analyst Marty Feurer on the call. Visit UNCWsports.com/SDN for live audio coverage.
A radio broadcast of the game may be heard on 95.9 FM “The Breeze” | WKXB HD 2 – 95.9 FM and 99.9 HD2 and live stats are available at UNCWStats.com.
UNCW is tied for fifth place in the circuit with Drexel. Hofstra sits alone at the top with an unblemished 9-0 record, followed by Delaware (6-3), Northeastern (6-3) and Charleston (5-4). UNCW and Drexel share fifth place with identical 4-5 records.
In their last appearance, the Seahawks fell behind early and never caught up to Elon as the Phoenix fashioned an 89-82 victory last Saturday at Trask Coliseum. Senior forward Tyler Seibring poured in a career-high 32 points on 12-of-16 shooting and senior guard Steven Santa Ana added 24 points to help Elon win for the first time at Trask Coliseum.
Towson had its modest two-game winning streak snapped last Saturday when Hofstra’s high-octane Pride breezed past the Tigers, 84-61. The Tigers are 3-5 away from SECU Arena this season.
The last UNCW-Towson game at Trask Coliseum was a memorable one. UNCW erased a 12-point deficit with 11:57 remaining to stun Towson, 73-71, in an overtime thriller on Jan. 20, 2018. Senior point guard Jordon Talley dropped in a pair of free throws with four seconds left in regulation to force overtime and the Seahawks survived a last-second shot by Towson’s Brian Starr to gain a split of the regular season series with the Tigers.
Seahawk freshman point guard Kai Toews was named CAA Rookie of the Week for the third time on Monday, giving the Seahawks four weekly honors this year. The Tokyo native averaged 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 9.5 assists and racked up his fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds against the Phoenix.
In addition, last week was another outstanding one for senior forward Devontae Cacok. The All-CAA First-Teamer averaged 21.0 points, 17.5 rebounds and 4.5 steals in two games, shooting 68 percent (17-of-25) from the field and 80 percent (8-of-10) at free throw line. He is averaging 15.9 points and 12.2 rebounds per game overall and 19.0 points and 14.6 rebounds per contest in CAA play.
THE SERIES: UNCW and Towson are meeting for the 40th time on Thursday night and the 17th time at Trask Coliseum. The Seahawks own a 24-15 advantage in the series and have won 14 of the 16 games in Wilmington. UNCW has taken five of the last six meetings between the two schools and eight of the last 10 pairings.
BOARD GAMES: Tonight’s game features the CAA’s top two rebounding clubs. Towson leads the loop with a rebounding margin of +5.9 while UNCW ranks second at +4.3.
NATIONAL NUMBERS: According to this week’s NCAA statistics, Devontae Cacok leads the nation in double-doubles (16) and total rebounds (268) while ranking second in rebounds per game (12.2) and third in offensive rebounds per game (4.36).
CACOK NOW THIRD: Devontae Cacok has risen to third on the CAA’s all-time rebounding list, trailing only Navy’s David Robinson (1,314) and Hofstra’s Rokas Gustys (1,305). Three of the CAA’s top-10 rebounders are Seahawks.
TOEWS CLIMBS SEASON LIST: With 172 helpers, Kai Toews has tied all-time great John Goldsberry for fifth on the single season assist list.
NEXT UP: Following Thursday’s clash with the Tigers, the Seahawks return to Trask Coliseum on Saturday for the annual Homecoming game vs. James Madison. Tip-off is 7 p.m.
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