Seahawks split weekend series with Delaware

Zachary Kilby, Sports Editor

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Senior guard Ryan Allen scored 12 of the final 14 points for Delaware (5-7, 3-4 Colonial Athletic Association) to lift the Blue Hens over UNCW (7-6, 1-3 CAA) 67-62 to close out the two game weekend series.

“I thought we played a decent game,” said UNCW Head Coach Takayo Siddle. “Guys who needed to step up and make shots didn’t make them…I thought down the stretch, they [Delaware] wanted it a little bit more than we did.”

After shooting the ball fairly well in Saturday’s win, the Seahawks looked like they had put an end to a cold shooting streak.

Sunday proved otherwise.

The Hawks quickly started the game going 1 for 9 from three-point range and things did not get much better from there.

Siddle led his team into halftime after UNCW shot 37.5% from the field and an embarrassing 16.7% from downtown.

Still, the Hawks only trailed the Hens by a single point at the break.

“We just couldn’t get the ball to drop,” said UNCW’s Ty Gadsden who led the Seahawks on Saturday with 14 points. “The more stops we get, the easier our offense will come.”

Despite shooting the ball at an inefficient rate, UNCW led Sunday’s game for 28:11, including a seven-point advantage with just under eight minutes to play before Delaware put together a 6-0 in the final 90 seconds to cap off the comeback win.

The Seahawks forced Delaware to turn the ball over a total of 18 times throughout the course of the game which led to 16 points on the other end. For a team whose half-court offense is struggling as badly as UNCW’s is right now, defensive intensity and fastbreak opportunities are two things that are helping them stay in games.

The Seahawks will host Hofstra (9-6, 5-3 CAA) Jan. 30-31 for a pair of conference games. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.