Ahmad Thomas scored 24 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the UNC Asheville Bulldogs to the 75-61 win over the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team Saturday evening in Asheville, N.C. Reggie Dillard led the Blue Hose effort with 14 points.
Stat of the Game
UNC Asheville shot 50.0% for the game, compared to 38.9% for PC, with the Blue Hose hitting 10 three-pointers to the Bulldogs’ nine. Asheville held the rebounding advantage, 38-28, with PC turning the ball over three more times, 11-8.
Blue Hose Player of the Game
Reggie Dillard led the Blue Hose offense with 14 points, followed by Ethan Kay and Davon Bell with 12. JC Younger paced the team in rebounds with seven, while Bell added six assists. Ahmad Thomas led Asheville with 24 points and 14 rebounds.
How It Happened
While UNC Asheville held the lead for most of the first half, the Blue Hose kept the margin within single digits, even holding a lead on several occasions, including 15-14, at 11:31, after an Ethan Kay three-pointer. Asheville responded with eight unanswered to build a 22-15 lead with just under 10 to play. Another three from Kay helped PC rally to four, 18-22, 8:30 to go, but the Bulldogs outscored the Blue Hose, 12-8, over the next six minutes to make it an eight-point game, 34-26. A JC Younger three-pointer and Davon Bell jumper helped cut the margin to just four with under a minute to go. Back to back Asheville free throws at the 37 second mark gave the Bulldogs the six-point, 37-31 lead at the break.
UNC Asheville increased its lead to low double digits several times in the first several minutes of the second half, but PC never let the Bulldogs take control, using clutch baskets including a three from Kay at 14:44 to turn a 10-point deficit to just seven, 41-48. Trailing 48-59, Davon Bell hit a three-pointer, while Reggie Dillard added two free throws, to cut the margin to six, 53-59, 9:02 on the clock. Leading by six, 63-57, with 6:19 to go, UNC Asheville scored seven straight to jump out to a 13-point, 70-57 lead, 3:09 left. A Dillard lay-up at 2:53 ended the drought, but Asheville responded with a lay-up and three-pointer to push the lead to 16, 1:26 remaining. Younger added a basket at 1:05, but that would be it as UNC Asheville came away with the 75-61 win.
PC’s 10 three-pointers made tied for 24th in the PC DI record book.
Maleek Catching pulled down a career-high four rebounds.
For the Record
PC drops to 10-15 overall and 3-9 in the league, while UNC Asheville improves to 16-9, 9-3
PC is on the road Wednesday, Feb. 7, as the Blue Hose take on Winthrop in a 7 p.m., game.
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