George, UNC Asheville tower over Coastal Carolina, 56-52
CONWAY, S.C. (AP)—Kenny George had 15 points and seven rebounds and UNC Asheville remained unbeaten in Big South Conference play with a 56-52 win over Coastal Carolina on Monday.
The 7-foot-7 George hit 6 of 8 shots and added six blocks while making life miserable inside for the Chanticleers, who shot 29 percent from the field.
K.J. Garland added 12 points and eight rebounds and Bryan Smithson had 11 points and six assists for UNC Asheville (17-4, 6-0), which is off to its best league start in 10 years.
Logan Johnson had 11 points for Coastal Carolina (9-10, 2-4), but top scorer Jack Leasure was held to eight points on 2-of-14 shooting. Anthony Breeze had eight points and nine rebounds as the Chanticleers lost their third straight game.
After Coastal Carolina got within a point with 4 minutes left, George hit two free throws and a jumper in a 7-0 run to put UNC Asheville ahead 54-47 with 1:50 left.