Towson, MD – In a battle of preseason Colonial Athletic Conference picks, #1 UNCW and #2 Towson, the visiting Seahawks prevailed 76-67. UNCW used a big second half to pull away from Towson by scoring 44 points and going 7-of-15 from three. The Seahawks fast paced style of play and pressure defense forced 19 Towson turnovers, including 13 in the first half. UNCW is a guard heavy team that relies heavily on the three point shot and it really spread the Towson defense out. Towson, which is normally a solid defensive minded team, struggled to get stops late in the second half and it led to their demise.
Leading the way for UNCW was senior 6-0 point guard Denzel Ingram. Ingram struggled in the first half going just 1-of-8 from the field with just three points. The second half was a different story. Ingram went 5-of-10, including 4-of-7 from three. Ingram showed an ability to make the three off the catch and shoot or just pulling up. He can get hot in a hurry and score in bunches. Ingram is more of a true point guard than a scoring guard. He runs the offense well, and his vision is in full display when he attacks the lane and kicks it out to open shooters. Ingram finished the game with22 points, six assists and two steals.
Another big contributor was 6-7 forward Devontae Cacok. Cacok is a workhorse on both ends. He gives relentless effort in the paint and he is forced to play center due to the Seahawks lack of height. Cacok has a knack for finding soft spots near the basket against the zone. He scored several baskets on wide open layups. Cacok also uses his athleticism and motor to run the floor and beat the opposing team down the court for easy buckets. He also plays solid man to man defense. His versatility allows UNCW to play a full court press using him in the front or the back. Cacok finished the game with 17 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.
Two other solid contributors for UNCW were 6-2 senior guard Ambrose Mosley and 6-5 sophomore guard C.J. Bryce. Mosley scored all 15 of his points in the second half, going 3-of-6 from three. Bryce tallied eleven points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.
To say Towson struggled on offense would be an understatement. The Tigers could not get comfortable on offense and made a lot of simple mistakes, resulting in empty possessions. One player who had a very productive day was 6-5, 235-pound senior forward John Davis. Davis used his size and strength to bully smaller players on the block. He really took advantage of UNCW’s lack of height. Without Davis, Towson would have been run off the floor. The crafty lefty finished several and one’s and was a factor on the offensive and defensive glass. Davis finished with 18 points, on 8-of-10 shooting, 14 rebounds and three assists.
Towson did not receive as much production as expected out of both preseason all conference picks 6-7, 245-pound senior forward William Adala Moto and 6-5 junior shooting guard Mike Morsell. Moto, a preseason first team selection, only scored six points, on 1-of-10 shooting and had five rebounds in 21 minutes. Morsell chipped in 13 points, but had seven costly simple turnovers, including three travels. Towson did not get as much from their stars as expected and Davis could not do enough to pull them through. From here on out things will get tough for Towson, as their next three conference games are on the road. UNCW will try and continue to show why they are the preseason favorite and defending conference champion. If the play their style of ball they will be tough to beat, using their quick guards to their advantage.
On Monday Towson will play at James Madison and UNCW will be at home against Elon.
This article was written by Greg Walter, a correspondent and scout for NetScouts Basketball. You can subscribe to our RSS feed from the upper right corner of our home page, follow us on Facebook, or on twitter.
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