|Milson Leads Four In Double Figures|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW continued its domination in exhibition games with its 26th consecutive preseason victory following an easy 92-51 decision over NCAA Division III Methodist Sunday at Trask Coliseum.
The Seahawks completed a sweep of their two exhibition tune-ups following a 101- 51 shellacking of Belmont Abbey last week. Coach Buzz Peterson’s club opens the regular season Friday with a first-ever visit to Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City to face Fran McCaffery’s Iowa Hawkeyes.
"I was pleased overall," said fourth-year UNCW Head Coach Buzz Peterson. "We were a little sloppy in the first half, but we're sharing the ball well. The fun is over and we have to get ready for two good teams this weekend."
In Sunday’s matinee, the Seahawks took advantage of a seven–minute drought by the Monarchs to build an early margin before pouring it on to improve to 43-5 all-time in preseason games.
Tanner Milson led the Seahawks with 13 points off the bench, including a 3-for-5 performance from 3-point range. Joining Milson in double figures were Addison Spruill with 12 points. Cedrick Williams and Craig Ponder added 10 points apiece.
Keemon Ingram paced the Monarchs with 13 points, while Austin Pack and Chris Vinson chipped in 11 points each.
The Seahawks shot a torrid 70.8 percent in the first half and jumped out to a 43-23 lead at intermission. The Monarchs managed just 29 percent from the floor in falling behind early.
Ingram scored eight of Methodist’s first 10 points to spark the Monarchs to a 10-8 edge with 15:36 left in the first period before the visitors went cold. While the Monarchs struggled offensively, the Seahawks scored 16 unanswered points to open up a 24-10 cushion.
Redshirt sophomore Luke Hager made a sweeping hook shot in the paint at 8:45 to extend UNCW’s early margin to 24-10. The lead swelled to as many as 24 points in the first half when Addison Spruill’s pair of free throws pushed the advantage to 41-17 with just over a minute left in the opening period.
UNCW registered its largest lead in the game at 47 points after Zach Allen knocked down a 3-pointer for UNCW with 5:34 remaining in the game.
The matchup with the nationally-ranked Hawkeyes will be the first of a two-game swing to the Midwest. UNCW also visits Iowa State on Sunday for a 1 p.m. pairing with the Cyclones in Ames.