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UNC Asheville beats Monmouth

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Behind a career day by Kevin Vannatta, the UNC Asheville men's basketball team picked up a big non-conference home win over Monmouth on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Kimmel Arena.

UNC Asheville led from start-to-finish in the battle of two of the top Mid-Major programs in the country with the Bulldogs currently 27th in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 and Monmouth 35th. UNC Asheville was ranked 24th in the preseason poll.

The Bulldogs started the game on an 8-0 run and ended the first half leading the Hawks, 34-27. The Bulldogs would lead by as many as 14 in the second half before procuring the 11-point win.

Vannatta led the Bulldogs with his career-best 25 points to go along with five rebounds and one assist. He was a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond the arc and 7-of-12 overall from the field.

Ahmad Thomas concluded his evening with a double-double for the Bulldogs with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Only one Monmouth player finished their efforts in double figures with Austin Tilghman scoring 11.

The Bulldogs finished their win shooting 35.6 percent (21-of-59) as a team. Asheville shot 44.4 percent (8-of-18) from beyond the arc.

Monmouth was limited to 32.7 percent (17-of-52) shooting by the Bulldogs and just 29.2 percent (7-of-24) shooting from beyond the arc.

UNC Asheville will next welcome Wofford of the Southern Conference to Kimmel Arena at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26. The game will be broadcast live regionally by WMYA-TV, My 40, and streamed live on the Big South Network. The contest will also be available on radio on 570 WWNC-ASHEVILLE/1440 WMXF-WAYNESVILLE. The UNC Asheville-Wofford game is also the second game of a men's and women's basketball doubleheader with the Asheville women hosting Middle Tennessee at 2 p.m.

Box Score: http://uncabulldogs.com/boxscore.aspx?path=mbball&id=3749

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