Asheville Wins Overtime Thriller In NCAA First Four

March 15, 2011
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 DAYTON, Ohio  - Matt Dickey and J.P. Primm each scored 22 points for UNC Asheville to lift UNC Asheville over Arkansas-Little Rock in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament on Tuesday evening in Dayton, Ohio, as the Bulldogs earned the 81-77 victory over the Trojans.

The Bulldogs trailed the entire second half until Dickey hit a 3-pointer with just over 10 seconds to go to tie the game and send it to overtime.

"We don't have any quit in this team," said Asheville head coach Eddie Biedenbach. "We've had some ups and down this season but Matt Dickey and J.P. Primm have kept us up all year long. Jaron Lane and D.J. Cunningham did some good things off the bench to give us a spark and then Matt hits the three to send us to overtime."

The first half saw UALR jump out to an early lead connecting on 5-of-13 three-point attempts in the frame. The Trojans led by as much as 11 points with 12:42 in the frame before the Bulldogs tied the game at 31-31 on a John Williams dunk at the 1:55 mark.

The two teams traded the lead back and forth over the final two minutes before Alex Garcia-Mendoza hit a runner while being fouled and then converted a free throw to give UALR a 37-33 lead heading into the break.

In the second half the Trojans kept the Blue & White at arm's length throughout most of the frame before the Bulldogs cut the lead to five at 61-56 with 7:57 to go. Matt Dickey cut the lead to two points after hitting a tough layup while being fouled and then converting his free throw attempt to pull to 70-68 with 4:11 remaining.

Over the final four minutes neither team was able to score more than free throws until Dickey tied the game at 72-72 with 11 seconds remaining on a baseline 3-pointer. UALR's Matt Mouzy missed a trey as time expired and the two teams headed into overtime.

Asheville took its first lead since the first half when Williams hit a layup at 74-73 with a little over three minutes to go. The two teams traded the lead once again when Primm put the Bulldogs up 78-77 with just over a minute to go on a pair of free throws.

After forcing a turnover Primm was able to extend Asheville's lead to 81-77 at the free throw line. UALR got a couple of looks with time running out but Asheville was able to run out the clock to secure the four-point win.

The Bulldogs will go on to face the Pitt Panthers in Washington D.C. on Thursday afternoon. Opening tip is set for 3 p.m. at the Verizon Center .


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