ASHEVILLE, N.C. - UNC Asheville hit three free throws in the final minute of play as the Bulldogs edged Big South Conference newcomer Longwood 68-65 Saturday afternoon at Kimmel Arena.
The Bulldogs (9-10, 3-2 BSC) won their 10th straight game Big South Conference game at home but this one wasn't decided until a last-second Lancer three-point attempt went long.
Jeremy Atkinson led Asheville with 17 points and 11 rebounds. It was the senior forward's fourth double-double of the season. Keith Hornsby added 12 points and five rebounds. He went 6-of-6 from the free throw and has now hit a school-record 41 straight free throws. Will Weeks added 10 points and six rebounds.
Longwood (3-16, 0-5 BSC) was led by a game-high 20 points from David Robinson. Michael Kessens added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Tristan Carey chipped in 13 points. Lucas Woodhouse dished out 11 assists for the visitors.
Kessens hit a free throw with 1:42 left to tie the game at 65-65. Both teams had chances to take the lead but missed shots.
Asheville set up to take the lead when Atkinson was fouled with 35.2 seconds left on a drive to the basket. He made 1-of-2 free throws to give the Bulldogs a 66-65 lead.
Longwood got the ball to Woodhouse who missed a 10-footer in traffic, and the Bulldogs came down with the rebound. Trent Meyer was fouled at the 17-second mark. He hit two free throws to give Asheville a 68-65 lead.
After two timeouts, Carey worked to try and get a tying shot. His three-pointer with three seconds left was short. Atkinson came down with the rebound as time ran out.
The Bulldogs scored 10 straight points early in the game to race to a 10-2 lead. But then Robinson took over. He scored 13 points over the next nine minutes as Longwood raced to a 25-17 lead. The visitors used great long-range shooting as they connected on four treys in the first 10 minutes.
Asheville fought back and outscored the visitors 11-16 over the final four minutes of the half to grab a 40-39 lead. Atkinson had eight points in the final five minutes of the half.
The Bulldogs shot .519 (14-of-27) from the field in the first half. Longwood went 15-of-30 from the field and 6-of-12 from beyond the arc. Asheville was just 1-of-6 from long distance.
The home team came out strong in the second half and built a 60-53 lead with 10:11 left on a dunk from D.J. Cunningham.
But the Bulldogs went ice cold from the field in the final 10 minutes as they only had one field goal. Longwood hung around and finally tied the game on a 10-footer from Lucas Woodhouse with 2:08 left at 64-64.
Asheville won for the first time this season when the opponent shot better than it did from the field. Longwood shot .436 (24-of-55), while the Bulldogs shot .429 (24-of-56).
Cunningham blocked three shots to give him a career total of 141 moving him into sixth place on Asheville's career blocked shots list passing Kenny George (140).
UNC Asheville hosts Big South rival Coastal Carolina Wednesday evening at Kimmel Arena starting at 7 p.m. Longwood travels to league foe Liberty Tuesday evening for a game at 7 p.m.