MBB drops two out of three on the road


Mike Okauru during UNCW’s matchup with Drexel on Jan. 31, 2022 inside Trask Coliseum (Davis Kirk)

Bailey Swogger, Staff Writer

Ups and downs will happen for every college basketball team over the span of a five-month season. The Seahawks, however, managed to go through all the emotions of a season in only five days.

On Thursday, the UNCW men’s basketball team started a three-game road trip with a loss at Elon, which snapped the largest win streak in program history. During the run, the Seahawks found themselves down but not out, as they mounted double-digit comeback wins in six of the 12 games.

The Seahawks trailed by 11 to the Phoenix inside Elon’s Schar Center with just over a minute remaining. This time the Hawks could not overcome the hole they dug for themselves and the streak that had all of Wilmington riding high came to a close.

Luckily enough, the team had a quick turnaround as they bounced back emphatically on Saturday with the best shooting performance of the year and took down William and Mary on national television. 

The Seahawks made 17 three-pointers while shooting over 50% which sparked a huge win that showed the team’s ability to respond following a defeat. The Seahawks were having fun again and it almost seemed as if there were a little bit of weight taken off of the team’s shoulders after its win streak was snapped.

The final game of the road trip at Hofstra on Monday featured the emotion that all college basketball fans know too well… heartbreak.

The Hawks kept battling back in a game that had over 20 different lead changes and had fans at home glued to their seats. Big-time players for Hofstra were making big-time plays, yet the Hawks were never out of it and clawed their way back like they have done all season. 

Despite being down seven with 32 seconds to play, the Hawks had an opportunity to send the game into overtime after two huge threes from Mike Okauru. However, Okauru’s final shot could not find the bottom of the net, resulting in a two-point loss.

If this road trip has shown anything, it is that this team is not invincible, nor do they have to be. Over the past month, the team had not felt what it is like to lose.

Four straight home games at Trask Coliseum are coming up and the Seahawks will certainly be looking to bounce back and show the conference that they are still at the top of the league for a reason.

UNCW’s next game is Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7:00 p.m. at home against the College of Charleston. Streaming options are available on FloSports.com. Tune into 95.9 FM The Breeze and follow @uncwmenshoops on Twitter for highlights and live score updates.