UNCW used a balanced attack to build a 36-25 halftime lead. The Seahawks shot 43.8% from the field, including 3-of-5 from downtown. Freddie Jackson, Addison Spruill, Cedrick Williams, and Dylan Sherwood accounted for 32 of Wilmington’s points.
UNCW’s on-ball pressure led to eight CofC turnovers. UNCW turned those turnovers into eight points and a 10-2 advantage on the break.
Charleston struggled with UNCW’s from baseline-to-baseline game from the get go. When the Cougars managed to get the ball over halfcourt, they actually created a decent number of second chances at the rim. They failed to convert most, and shot just 33.3% on the half.
Joe Chealey led all scorers with 11 points. No other player from Charleston had more than three in the first half.