Winthrop 53, N.C.-Asheville 66
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP)—Sean Smith scored 20 points to lead North Carolina-Asheville to a 66-53 victory over Winthrop on Thursday.
Smith went 6-for-9 from the 3-point line to help the Bulldogs (7-12, 4-4 Big South Conference) win their fourth consecutive game.
Smith hit four of his 3-pointers in the first 5 minutes of the second half to help UNC-Asheville open a 44-34 lead. Chris Stephenson hit a tip-in for a 46-34 advantage with 15:13 to play and the Bulldogs extended their lead to 50-34 with 10:02 remaining.
They also held Winthrop without a point for 7:02, a drought that ended on Gideon Gamble’s layup with 9:04 left.
Matt Dickey added 11 points for UNC-Asheville. J.P. Primm, who had reached double figures in eight consecutive games, was held to three points.
Mantoris Robinson scored 11 points and Matt Morgan added 10 for Winthrop (8-10, 4-4), which had won three straight games.