Smithson keeps UNC Asheville in first place, beats Chas. Southern

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP)—Bryan Smithson scored 21 points and North Carolina Asheville remained perfect in Big South play by beating Charleston Southern 86-73 on Saturday night.

Kenny George had 17 points, K.J. Garland scored 14 and Vincent James had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the first-place Bulldogs (16-4, 5-0), who shot 54 percent in winning their fifth straight.

UNC Asheville has won 10 of its last 12 games, with the only losses coming to two top-five teams: No. 3 Tennessee and No. 5 North Carolina.

Jamarco Warren scored 16 points and Quinton Goods and Shelton Carter each had 10 for Charleston Southern (7-13, 1-4), which has lost three straight and five of six despite making 11-of-31 from 3-point range against UNC Asheville.

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 N.C. Asheville
K. George K. George
8-13,  17 Pts
7 Rebs, 3 Assists
 Charleston S.
Q. Goods Q. Goods
5-9,  10 Pts
8 Rebs, 1 Assists

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