UNCW pulls away from Camels in second half 96-75

Shane Whitfield
(Will Bratton photo)
Shane Whitfield (Will Bratton photo)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – UNC Wilmington shot 62 percent in the second half and pulled away from host Campbell in a 96-75 win Wednesday night at Gore Arena.

C.J. Bryce scored a career-high 26 points, while Devontae Cacok added 18, plus 10 rebounds, for the Seahawks (9-1), who won their sixth-straight game.  JaQuel Richmond chipped in 11 off the bench, while Ambrose Mosley, Chris Flemmings and Denzel Ingram contributed nine points each.

Shane Whitfield led Campbell (5-5) with 25 points, including 15-of-19 from the line, while Chris Clemons, who entered the game as the nation's fourth-leading scorer, finished with 18, six below his average, but dealt five assists. Cory Gensler added 11 points and Andrew Eudy chipped in a career-high 10 for the Camels, who shot 70 percent from the floor in the final period.

UNCW led 41-32 at the half, but Whitfield had back-to-back old-fashioned 3-points plays to pull the Camels within 52-48 with 15:17 to play.  However, the Seahawks answered with a 17-3 run, capped by Ingram's 4-point play, over the next six minutes and led by double figures the rest of the way.

Ranked as high as 10th nationally in the NCAA RPI this week, UNCW converted 14 Campbell miscues into a 21-5 edge in points off turnovers and outscored the Camels 50-36 in the paint.  Cacok finished 8-of-8 from the floor and Bryce hit 8-of11 from the line for UNCW, which shot 55 percent (37-67) from the field overall and hit 7-of-15 (.467) threes.

UNCW was the first team to shoot 50 percent or better from the floor against Campbell this year. The Seahawks also finished with a 33-20 advantage on the glass.

Campbell finished 24-of-44 (.545) from the field and 23-of-30 (.767) from the line, but hit only 4 of its 14 three-point attempts, half of its average output (8.8) beyond the arc per game.

Coming off a nine-day break for final exams, Whitfield followed a career-high 29-point effort Dec. 4 at The Citadel with his second-straight 25-plus point effort.

The lead changed seven times in the first 8:17 of play and the Camels led 19-16 with 9:03 to go in the opening half after Whitfield scored in the paint.  However, took the lead by hitting seven-straight shots to lead by nine at intermission.

Bryce scored 11 first-half points for UNCW, while Cacok had eight, plus eight boards. Clemons led Campbell with 13 first-half points.

Wednesday's victory was UNCW's first-ever win at Gore Arena after losing three-straight times in the facility, which opened in the fall of 2008.

Campbell continues its three-game home stand Monday with a 7:00 p.m. start against Johnson & Wales.