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UNC Asheville defeats Campbell 78-61

Posted February 2, 2013

— Jeremy Atkinson led four UNC Asheville players in double figures with 22 points and the Bulldogs dealt Campbell a 78-61 loss Saturday at Gore Arena.

Asheville (13-10, 7-2) shot 55.8 percent on the day and extended its winning streak to five games. D.J. Cunningham added 17 points, Keith Hornsby 14, plus 8 assists and Trent Meyer 12 with 4 steals for the Bulldogs, who improved to 5-0 against Big South Conference North Division teams.

Darian Hooker led Campbell (10-13, 5-4) with 18 points. Trey Freeman added 16 and Marvelle Harris 11 for the Camels, who dropped their third-straight outing despite shooting 61 percent in the second half.

Asheville scored the first nine points of the game and closed the opening half on a 15-4 run to take a 38-22 lead at the break. Campbell opened the second half on a 14-6 run and cut the gap to 8 points (44-36) on Marvelle Harris’ steal and dunk with 15:25 to play.

However, the Bulldogs responded with a 15-4 burst, including 9-straight points to push the gap to 59-40 with 10:41 left and extended the margin to as much as 23 down the stretch.

Atkinson had 13 points in the first period on 5-of-8 shooting, while D.J. Cunningham and Keith Hornsby added 7 each for the Bulldogs, who shot 54 percent (13-24) before half-time. Campbell, meanwhile, made only 8-of-26 shots in the first half (.308).

On the day, Atkinson made 9-of-16 shots, Cunningham 6-of-8 and Meyer knocked down 4-of-7. Asheville made 7-of-10 threes and 13-of-15 (.867) from the stripe to end Campbell’s 4-game home court win streak.

Campbell committed 20 turnovers, which Asheville turned into 31 points. The defending Big South champs finished with a 40-30 edge on points in the paint.

The Camels shot 44.9 percent for the game, but couldn’t overcome 31 percent shooting in the first period while playing in front of the sixth-largest crowd in Gore Arena history.

Hooker matched his career high by making 6-of-10 from the floor, 2-of-5 threes and 4-of-5 from the line, while grabbing 4 steals. Freeman dealt 4 assists and had 4 steals, while Reco McCarter added 8 points, a game-high 7 rebounds and 5 assists.

Since starting the year 1-6, the Bulldogs have won 12 of their last 16 games, including a 72-65 triumph at Big East member St. John’s (Dec. 21). Campbell played its eighth-straight game without leading scorer Darren White (21.8), who suffered a knee injury Jan. 5 in a 3 overtime victory against Gardner-Webb.

The Camels host High Point Wednesday (Feb. 6) at 7:00 p.m. Asheville entertains Winthrop Wednesday at 7.

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Scoreboard
Local
3rd
CAR 2
TOR 1
 
Half
DUKE 30
UCONN 25
 
Half
CHI 52
NYK 45
 
2nd
HOU 25
NOP 25
 
10:00pm Tonight
SAC
MIL
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
OKC
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
 
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
 
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
2nd
SDKST 58
IDST 60
 
2nd
RIDE 55
MRGST 42
 
2nd
LATU 74
NICST 52
 
2nd
CHAR 37
APP 39
 
2nd
MISS 38
CCAR 48
 
Half
DUKE 30
UCONN 25
 
2nd
BRAD 43
EUREK 26
 
2nd
PEAY 49
OAKC 30
 
Half
JST 38
SMISS 16
 
1st
SD 23
MNTST 23
 
1st
UAB 14
LSU 5
 
1st
EVAN 8
OHIO 7
 
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CSFU
CSDH
 
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ORST
DEP
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PAC
NEV
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USF
PORST
 
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IDAHO
WALLA
 
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UTST
CALST
 
3rd
PIT 0
COL 0
 
3rd
PHI 1
FLA 1
 
3rd
CAR 2
TOR 1
 
3rd
CLB 3
WAS 3
 
2nd
MON 0
ANA 1
 
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
EDM
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LOS
STL
2nd
JAC 0
TEN 7