BALTIMORE (AP) -- NC Wilmington won its first Colonial Athletic Association title in 10 years and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament, getting 20 points from Craig Ponder in an 80-73 overtime victory over top-seeded Hofstra on Monday night.
The game was tied before a three-point play by Seahawks freshman C.J. Bryce made it 76-73 with 1:20 left in overtime. After a Hofstra misfire, Denzel Ingram drilled a 3-pointer with 35 seconds remaining to clinch the comeback victory.
Chris Flemmings scored 19 for second-seeded UNCW (25-7) and Ingram added 17.
Rokas Gustys had 18 points and 23 rebounds for the Pride (24-9), and Ameen Tanksley scored 24. Hofstra was seeking its first CAA championship; the Pride last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2001 after winning the American East.
This was Hofstra's first appearance in the CAA title game since 2006, when it lost to UNCW.
The teams split two games during the regular season, with the winner staging a comeback in each contest. It was more of the same in this one.
After a dunk by Gustys put Hofstra up 52-40 with 15:33 to go, the Seahawks rattled off three straight baskets to get within six. The 6-foot-9 Gustys temporarily blunted the comeback, sweeping the boards on the defensive end and sinking a pair of layups to make it 56-48.
It was 62-58 before Ponder drilled a 3-pointer, and two free throws by Bryce with 5:19 left made it 63-62 -- the Seahawks' first lead since 18-15.
Hofstra missed 12 straight shots from the field before Juan'ya Green made a layup with 1:42 remaining to cut the deficit to 68-66.
Two free throws by Green tied it with 33 seconds to go, and neither team could break the deadlock in regulation.
Tanksley scored 17 points and the Pride shot 58 percent in taking a 41-34 halftime lead.
Ingram made his first four shots to help UNCW move in front 18-11, but Hofstra answered with 14 straight points to go up 25-18.
It was 36-25 before Flemmings scored the Seahawks' final nine points before the break.
Both teams made 15 baskets in the first half but UNCW took 12 more shots, thanks in part to 11 offensive rebounds.
UNCW: This is the 10th time the Seahawks have played in the CAA title game. They're 5-5. ... Ponder received his 83rd start, more than twice that of any teammate.
Hofstra: This was coach Joe Mihalich's 100th game at Hofstra. He's 54-46 over three seasons. ... Gustys, a sophomore from Lithuania, has 17 double-doubles in his last 19 games. He had 12 of Hofstra's 15 rebounds in the first half.
UNCW: NCAA Tournament.
Hofstra: A likely bid to the NIT.