UNCW Seahawks at Drexel Dragons
UNCW blew a 9-point halftime lead against William & Mary to fall, 96-83 on Thursday. At 6-11 in the CAA, they still have a chance at avoiding the play-in game. Drexel is also 6-11 and they were down by 34 in the first half and 56-29 at the half against Delaware. They came back to beat the Blue Hens, 85-83 in the largest comeback in the history of Division I basketball. UNCW beat Drexel by 20 in their first game at home on Jan. 2.
Defense is not important in Wilmington
When UNCW was winning back-to-back CAA titles, their defense wasn’t great when it came to field goal defense. But their defensive pressure was stifling so they would force nearly 20 turnovers per game and hit enough threes to win most games. They struggled against William & Mary, allowed the Tribe to shoot 53.6 percent from the floor and 13-of-31 from beyond the arc. Jaylen Fornes led the Seahawks with 27 points on 9-of-17 shooting, while forward Devontae Cacok chipped in with 18 points and 12 rebounds on 7-of-10 shooting. Guard Jordan Talley added 18 points, nine assists, six rebounds and six turnovers. The Seahawks shot 44.9 percent from the floor and 10-of-28 from beyond the arc (35.7%).
Cacok leads the team with 17.8 points per game and 13.5 rebounds on 58.8 percent shooting. Talley adds 16.4 points and 5.7 assists on 40.1 percent 3-point shooting. On the season, UNCW averages 79.8 points per game on 43.9 percent shooting (34.9% 3pt). They allow 83.4 points per game on 48.2 percent shooting (39.3% 3pt).
Isabell leads incredible comeback
Tramaine Isabell scored 29 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out nine assists to lead Drexel over Delaware on Thursday night by two. Isabell scored or assists on 38 Drexel points after halftime. After being down by 27 at the half, Drexel started the second half on an 18-4 run, then went on a 17-4 run after the Blue Hens increased the lead to 16 midway through the second half. The game went back-and-forth in the last few minutes. Drexel took a two-point lead with 1:13 left on a tip-in from Austin Williams. Ryan Daly tied the game for Delaware with 10 seconds left to tie the game. The Dragons had the ball with a chance to win and Isabell was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left. He made two of three to help Drexel complete the improbable comeback. The Blue Hens shot 50.8 percent from the floor and 11-of-25 from beyond the arc. The Dragons shot 45.8 percent from the field and outrebounded the Blue Hens by seven.
Isabell leads the Dragons with 20.8 points per game, while Williams leads in rebounds (8.1rpg), field goal percentage (59.8%) and blocks (2.9). On the season, Drexel averages 74.8 points per game on 44.8 percent shooting (33.3% 3pt). They allow 79.3 points per game on 46.8 percent shooting (37.1% 3pt).
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UNCW is the better team. There’s a reason why Drexel got behind big against Delaware. Their defense is nearly as bad as UNCW and the Seahawks have more weapons. They also have Cacok inside to control the paint and the boards.