Wagner defeated North Carolina Central 38-36 in Durham, NC and earned Bashir Mason his first victory as the Seahawks’ head coach.
It certainly wasn’t pretty though. The Seahawks scored 38 points in 69 possessions, a miserable 0.55 points per possession. The Seahawks shot 11-38 from the field, 2-9 from three and turned the ball over 25 times. Yes, Wagner’s offense isn’t what wins games for the Seahawks, but you’re supposed to score a little more.
Jonathan Williams led the Seahawks with 11 points and Marcus Burton scored 10 points in his return to his home state of North Carolina. Wagner was without Latif Rivers in the game, whose balky knee has limited him thus far. It appears it was bad enough on Saturday that he didn’t even attempt to play.
Wagner though did manage to stifle NC Central. The Eagles scored 0.53 points per possession. Even still, NCC still had a chance to win the game on a three as the final seconds expired. It missed, like 10 others.
The offensive output is certainly concerning, especially considering the Seahawks still haven’t scored more than a point per possession in any game this season during their 1-2 start. The trend is worrisome as well. NC Central isn’t a good defensive team. So that’s certainly not the reason for this production. What might be most concerning is the fact that Wagner scored just 13 points in the second half in 32 possessions while leading for almost the entire time.
Did Wagner miss Rivers that much? Potentially, but it just seems like the Seahawks need to figure out a different way to score. Or there could be trouble in the future. Wagner gets another chance to find its offense on Monday at Albany.