|Seahawks Blitz Battling Bishops, 90-51|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Junior guard Tanner Milson's game-high 19 points led three Seahawks in double figures as UNCW raced past visiting North Carolina Wesleyan, 90-51, in a men's college basketball exhibition game on Saturday at Trask Coliseum.
The Seahawks improved to 41-5 all-time in exhibition games and extended their winning streak in exhibitions to 24 straight.
Joining Milson, who knocked down 5-of-8 attempts from deep, in double figures was junior guard Chris Dixon with 11 points and sophomore forward Cedric Williams with 10. UNCW shot 63.2 percent from the field, including 64.7 percent from behind the 3-point line.
Chris Ford was the only NCW player in double digits with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field.
UNCW never trailed in the game and used a 20-7 run midway through the opening half to open a 27-15 lead. A free throw from Williams with 46 seconds remaining gave the Seahawks a 41-21 lead, their largest lead of the half.
A jumper by senior center Matt Wilson gave UNCW's largest lead of the game, 88-48, with 1:54 left in the contest.
Upfront, the Seahawks held a staggering 45-20 advantage on the boards and outscored the Battling Bishops, 44-22, in the paint.
Sophomore Freddie Jackson scored six points, grabbed six a caroms and doled out four assists on the afternoon for the Seahawks. Red-shirt freshman Craig Ponder matched Jackson for team-high honors with four helpers.
Red-shirt freshman Dylan Sherwood added eight points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Seahawks.
The Seahawks open their third season under the direction of Head Coach Buzz Peterson on Nov. 11, when defending Big South Champion UNC Asheville visits Trask Coliseum for a 2 p.m. tip-off.
North Carolina Wesleyan, meanwhile, will face off against Mid-Atlantic Christian on Nov. 15 in its season opener.