CLINTON, S.C. - UNC Asheville scored the final four points of the game as the Bulldogs held on for a 77-74 Big South Conference victory over Presbyterian College Wednesday night at the Templeton Center.
Asheville (12-10, 6-2 BSC) won its fourth straight game and improved to 31-4 in games against BSC opponents over the last two years. The Dogs are now 12-3 in their last 15 road games against league opponents.
Jeremy Atkinson led the Bulldogs with 22 points, while D.J. Cunningham added 18 points and 10 rebounds. His inside basket with 13 seconds left gave the Bulldogs the lead for good at 75-74.
PC turned the ball over on the inbounds pass. Keith Hornsby was fouled and hit two free throws with 11 seconds remaining.
The Blue Hose's attempt to tie the game but Khalid Mutkabbir's last-second shot was shot as the Bulldogs escaped with the victory.
"This was a great basketball game and it was a shame someone had to lose," stated Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach. "Our guys did a great job finding a way to win the game.
"I thought the difference in the game was that we only had eight turnovers and out-rebounded them by five," added Biedenbach. "Presbyterian hit some tough shots. We guarded them pretty well for the most part."
The Blue Hose was led by Mutakabbir with 21 points. Jordan Downing and William Truss added 19 points each.
Asheville won despite allowing PC to shoot .622 (28-of-45) from the field and 50 percent from the 3-point line (10-of-20).
The Bulldogs led for most of the first half and twice built 11-point leads. Atkinson scored 11 points for Asheville in the first five minutes of the game to put the Bulldogs in front 15-4.
But the Blue Hose used great shooting from the field and the 3-point line to stay close. PC was 5-of-9 from downtown and 14-of-21 overall (.667) to stay close. Truss and Dowling had 11 points each for the home team.
After PC took a one-point lead, Cunningham helped lead a 14-3 Asheville run with eight points as the Bulldogs surged to a 34-23 lead with 5:00 left in the half.
Dowling hit two treys in the final four minutes to get PC within 38-34 at halftime.
Asheville shot .571 (16-of-28) from the field in the opening half and out-rebounded the Blue Hose 15-7. The Bulldogs had a 20-8 advantage in the paint.
UNC Asheville travels to North Division leader Campbell Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.