It's Seahawks, Jaspers In BracketBusters
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - UNCW travels to the New York City area twice in an eight-day span at the end of the month when the Seahawks make their seventh appearance in the Sears BracketBusters Series Feb 18 at Manhattan.
The Seahawks take on the Jaspers of the Metro Atlantic Conference in a 2 p.m. matchup at Draddy Gymnasium in Riverdale, N.Y. One week later, UNCW boards another flight for its final game of the regular season Feb. 25 at Hofstra.
UNCW made its BracketBusters debut in 2004 and has compiled a 1-5 record through the years, including an 0-3 ledger away from home. The Jaspers are playing in the event for the ninth straight year and have won three consecutive games over Stony Brook (2011), Towson (2010) and William & Mary (2009).
The two teams will meet again during the 2012-13 season at Trask Coliseum.
"We're excited about the opportunity to play Manhattan and look forward to playing the Jaspers," said Buzz Peterson, UNCW's second-year coach. "We've been involved in the BracketBusters for several years now and it's a good way to create new rivalries and help with scheduling in future years."
The Seahawks step out of the league for the final time in 2011-12 when they take on the Jaspers. UNCW has compiled a 4-6 non-conference record this season, including a 2-4 mark on the road that included victories at Illinois State and Liberty.
Manhattan is one of the hottest teams in the Metro Atlantic Conference. Coach Steve Masiello's team has reeled off seven consecutive wins and took both ends of last weekend's conference road swing at Canisius (78-66) and Niagara (87-70). The 16-7 Jaspers are 6-2 at home this season.
The Jaspers are 2-1 against CAA opponents this year, playing Hofstra and George Mason during a 13-day stretch in December. Manhattan won at HU, 68-59, on Dec. 10 and then rolled over the Tigers, 81-62, at the Towson Center on Dec. 20. George Mason crushed Manhattan, 81-61, on Dec. 23.
The Seahawks and Jaspers split two previous meetings in home-and-home series during the 1995-96 and 1996-97 campaigns. Manhattan won the inaugural battle, 69-62, in overtime on Dec. 30, 1995, in Riverdale, while the Seahawks returned the favor, 64-58, on Dec. 19, 1996, at Trask Coliseum.
Draddy Gymnasium seats 2,500 fans and is named for Vincent DePaul Draddy, a scholar-athlete at Manhattan who is a College Football Hall of Famer and former chairman of the National Football Foundation. The cozy arena was featured in the first season of "The Cosby Show" as the site where Cosby character Cliff Huxtable trained and ran in a relay race against former college friends.
The Seahawks, 8-13, have eight games remaining in the regular season, beginning with Wednesday night's 7 p.m. tip-off vs. Georgia State at Trask Coliseum.
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