BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - Gardner-Webb placed four players in double figures as the Runnin' Bulldogs downed UNC Asheville 78-71 in Big South Conference action at Paul Porter Arena Wednesday night.
The loss snapped the Bulldogs (7-9, 1-1 BSC) eight-game winning streak against Gardner-Webb (9-7, 1-1 BSC) since the school joined the Big South Conference.
Freshman forward Will Weeks scored a career-high 27 points as he set a school-record for field goal percentage in a game by going 11-of-12 from the field. Trent Meyer added 16 points, all in the second half. Keith Hornsby chipped in 15 points and went 4-of-4 from the from free throw line. He set a new school record for consecutive free throws as he has now hit 29 straight free throws. Jeremy Atkinson contributed 10 points
The Runnin' Bulldogs were led by Tashan Newsome with 19 points. Max Landis and Donta Harper finished with 13 points each. Jerome Hill came off the bench to score 12 points and nine rebounds.
"We didn't play defense tonight," stated Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach. "Gardner-Webb ran us out of our offense and when those things happen you end up losing the game.
"We did a nice job coming back but had too many turnovers (15) and didn't guard them good enough to beat them," added Biedenbach. "Gardner-Webb has a good team and is going to win a lot of game this year. We simply didn't play well enough to them tonight."
Gardner-Webb led from start to finish and built a 20-point lead early in the second half and 47-27 on a trey from Kevin Hartley.
Asheville inched back in game as carved the lead to nine with four minutes left on a Meyer trey. However, the Runnin' Bulldogs got four quick points from Newsome to build the lead back to 13 points.
The Bulldogs closed to six late but Newsome hit three free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the victory.
Gardner-Webb's bench outscored the Asheville bench 33-3. The Runnin' Bulldogs held a 36-29 advantage on the boards.
Hornsby added six assists and seven rebounds. D.J. Cunningham was limited to three points but did block four shots.
UNC Asheville hosts Radford at Kimmel Arena Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Tickets can be obtained at www.uncabulldogs.com.
UNC Asheville is 1-1 in league play after two games for the fourth time in the last five years.
Keith Hornsby scored in double figures for the eighth straight game..
Asheville has played six of its last seven games on the road. The Bulldogs went 3-3 in that road stretch with wins over Northeastern, St. John's and Liberty.
Jeremy Atkinson scored in double figures for the 15th time this year.
Asheville is 11-2 in its last 13 road games against BSC opponents.
The Bulldogs have lost nine times this year; seven of those losses have been by eight points or less.