Seahawks Soar to Roman CBI Championship

Thursday, March 24, 2022

In a season replete with memorable finishes and gritty, grind-it-out performances, the UNCW men's basketball team saved perhaps its best for last in Wednesday's championship game of the Roman College Basketball Invitational.
In a total team effort at the Ocean Center, the Seahawks outlasted No. 2-seeded Middle Tennessee State, 96-90, in double overtime to win the school's first postseason title in men's basketball.
The Seahawks, 27-9, won for the fourth time in as many days after knocking off VMI, Drake, Northern Colorado and MTSU in the 16-team tourney. The Blue Raiders closed out the season with a 26-11 scorecard.
It marks the second tournament championship for second-year head coach Takayo Siddle after the Seahawks claimed the Mako Medical Asheville Classic one year ago with victories UNC Asheville and Troy at UNCA's Kimmel Arena.
The win, which took three hours to accomplish, capped an improbable season that included the regular season title in the Colonial Athletic Association, a nation-leading 10 double-digit come-from-behind victories and the program's first postseason berth since 2017.
"What a way to go out…that was a great way to end the season," said Siddle. "What an unbelievable game that was. It was wild open and up for grabs in the first half. I told the guys that we needed to clean some things up. Whoever wanted it the most was going to take it and win the game.
"It was back and forth through the second half and we made our run. If you look at the game, that's our season right there. Our guys are so resilient. They fought so hard and never gave up. They always believed that we were going to win the game."

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