ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Jeremy Atkinson scored 22 points with seven rebounds and six assists, while Trent Meyer added 18 points on six 3-pointers as UNC Asheville downed Montreat 85-51 at Kimmel Arena Saturday afternoon.
The win snapped a frustrating six-game losing streak for the Bulldogs (2-6). Montreat fell to 3-8 on the year.
Sam Hughes aided the Asheville cause with a career-high 12 points. The Cavaliers were led by La'Bris Adams and Justin Ashford with nine points each.
Atkinson was 6-of-12 from the field and 10-of-11 from the free throw line. Meyer with 6-of-11 from the 3-point line for the game but was a perfect 5-of-5 in the second half. He also collected a career-high eight rebounds.
The Bulldogs took charge of the game midway through the first half. Montreat hit its first two 3-point shots of the game and bolted to an early 10-6 lead.
But Asheville's defense took over at that point. The Bulldogs went on a 26-4 run over a 10-minute stretch to race to a 32-14 lead. Montreat was limited to just one field goal in that stretch. Atkinson had 10 of his points in the run as the Bulldogs took their biggest lead of the season at that point of the game.
The home team settled for a 38-21 halftime lead. Asheville limited the Cavaliers to just .250 percent (8-of-32) shooting from the field. After hitting its first two 3-pointers, Montreat was just 1-of-8 the rest of the half.
In the second half, Meyer's long-range shooting took over. He hit all five of his treys in the first 10 minutes of the second half as the Bulldogs lead ballooned.
Montreat had a little better luck shooting in the second half as it shot .500 percent (13-of-26) from the field.
The much-taller Bulldogs dominated inside. Asheville had a 42-22 advantage on points in the paint and held a commanding 24-4 edge on second-chance points.
"We did a lot of good things today and I really liked our defense in the first half," commented Bulldog coach Eddie Biedenbach. "We didn't play as well on defense in the second half but a lot of guys got to play and we got the job done."
Asheville is at home again Wednesday when the Bulldogs host Lenoir-Rhyne at 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs are 17-3 all-time at Kimmel Arena...Atkinson has scored in double figures in every game this season...Meyer has had at least 18 points in three of the last four games...seven different Bulldogs had at least five rebounds as Asheville held a 54-27 advantage on the boards.