By John Riemer
Athletic Communications Intern

WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Wednesday night was more then just another game for the UNCW men’s basketball team. It was not only the final Colonial Athletic Association regular season game, but the home finale for six seniors.

The Seahawks faced off against CAA-leading Delaware on “Senior Night” in Trask Coliseum. There was a pregame ceremony that acknowledged seniors Zack Allen, Chris Dixon, Ben Eblen, Marcus Graham, Tanner Milson, and Shane Reybold. The seniors were met by their families at half court and applauded for their hard work and dedication.

Each of the seniors saw playing time in the hard fought contest with the Blue Hens, ultimately losing, 70- 57. Milson led the way with 11 points and Reybold added six of his own. The other seniors, Eblen, Graham, Allen, and Dixon combined for nine points as well.

Each of the six seniors was a vital part of the Coach Buzz Peterson’s first four years at UNCW.

“I’m disappointed we couldn’t send the seniors out on a positive note,” said Peterson. “I’m going to miss them a lot. All the seniors have been fun to work with. They are going to all graduate and five out of the six carry over a 3.0 GPA.”

Allen, Dixon, Graham, and Eblen joined the Seahawks as transfers midway through their careers. Milson and Reybold have competed as Seahawks for their whole collegiate career.

“Hopefully we helped build for the future, changed the mentality from how it was, and set an example of good leadership on the team,” said Milson regarding the legacy of the seniiors.

“We appreciate the support we have gotten here. We’ve stuck with it and they’ve (the fans) stuck behind us, and you have to appreciate it. That’s the thing you’re going to remember,” said Reybold.

Chris Glendenning, UNCW Alumni (‘84-88) and loyal Seahawk basketball fan, had nothing but praise for the seniors. “The seniors have been some hard working guys who have come in and put all their effort out on the floor. I have a great appreciation for all the work they’ve put forth and am very happy with the way they have represented UNCW inside and outside the classroom.”