ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Keith Hornsby and Jon Nwannunu scored 22 points each to lead UNC Asheville to a 95-66 non-conference victory over Bluefield College Sunday afternoon at Kimmel Arena.
The Bulldogs (6-7) won their third straight game as they overpowered the Rams from start to finish. Sunday's game was just an exhibition game for Bluefield.
Asheville scored a season-high 95 points in the victory and had a season-high 26 assists.
Nwannunu's 22 points was a career-high as were his 11 rebounds. He went 10-of-17 from the field. Hornsby knocked down five 3-pointers and dished out seven assists in the win.
Also scoring in double figures for the Bulldogs was D.J. Cunningham with 12 points, while Sam Hughes added 10 points.
Bluefield was led by Byron Carpenter with 14 points. Josh Nesbitt chipped in 12, while Jesse Sunkins contributed 11.
Asheville dominated inside with a 51-25 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs out-scored the Rams 67-28 in the paint.
"We did a nice job today passing the ball and played good defense against a dangerous team in Bluefield," commented Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach. "I thought we did a good job for most of the first half on defense and shot the ball well the whole day."
The Bulldogs took charge early. Trailing 4-2 after two minutes, Asheville went on an 11-0 run as the home team got points from five different players to lead 15-4.
The Blue & White continued to build on the lead and led 53-29 at halftime. Asheville's 53 points for a half was a season-high.
Hornsby had 13 points in the opening half, while Nwannunu added 12 points. Asheville shot 60 percent (21-of-35) from the field in the first half. The Bulldogs forced 13 Bluefield turnovers.
The Rams made a little run at Asheville to start the second half and out-scored the home team, 7-4 . A lay-up by Carpenter cut the lead to 57-38 at the 15:30 mark.
But Hornsby knocked down a long 3-pointer and Nwannunu followed with eight straight points to push the Asheville lead to 68-42.
UNC Asheville starts a three-game road trip on Wednesday at Charlotte beginning at 7:30 p.m.