UNC Asheville wins 13th straight home game

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – UNC Asheville cruised to its fourth straight win in an 82-70 victory over future Big South Conference foe USC Upstate on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Kimmel Arena.

USC Upstate (3-6) started the game on a 10-3 run over the first three minutes, but the Bulldogs would go on a 20-2 over the next almost nine minutes to own a 23-12 lead after a Jonathan Baehre layup with 8:14 to play in the first half.

UNC Asheville (5-2) would go on to lead for 34:53 of the game with the Bulldogs owning a 40-35 lead at the halftime break.

The Bulldogs led by as many as 18 in the second half before eventually collecting the 12-point victory.

UNC Asheville senior guard Ahmad Thomas finished the Bulldog win over the Spartans with a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds. As always, he packed the stat sheet overall in the game, as he also had three assists and two steals. He was 10-of-18 from the field overall in the game, including a perfect 2-of-2 from beyond the arc.

In total, two Bulldogs ended their efforts with over 20 points with MaCio Teague ending his night with 22 points, four assists, four rebounds, two steals and one block. He tied his career best with six made three-pointers in the game. He was an impressive 6-of-9 from beyond the arc en route to a 7-of-11 performance overall from the field.

Baehre finished his efforts in the Bulldog win just missing on a double-double with 13 points and eight rebounds. He also had a career-best four blocks and one steal.

As a team, UNC Asheville shot 50 percent (28-of-56) in its win. The Bulldogs were on fire once again from beyond the arc, connecting on 56.5 percent (13-of-23) of their three-point attempts.

The Bulldog defense limited USC Upstate to just 29.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc, which was even all the more impressive in that the Spartans attempted 34 three-pointers (10-of-34) in the game. Overall, USC Upstate shot 40 percent (22-of-55) as a team.

Two Spartans finished in double figures with Ramel Thompkins leading the way with 15 points. Former Erwin star Malik Moore had 7 for USC Upstate.

UNC Asheville plays at Clemson Sunday at 3.

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