Senior guard Matt Dickey’s 19 first-half points helped jump-start the UNC Asheville Bulldogs Monday night, and the rest of the team followed his lead. Asheville beat Brevard College, 89-48 at Kimmel Arena in a tune-up for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament beginning Thursday.
The Dogs (2-2) received balanced scoring, getting 12 points from freshman Keith Hornsby and 10 points from junior Jon Nwannunu. The team shot a season-high .623 from the field (33-of-53) and led from the opening tip.
“We played much better defense tonight,” Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach said after the game. “Our guys played from start to finish and it was good to get a lot of guys in the game. Tonight we got a chance to see a lot of different combinations which will help us down the road.”
Asheville held the Tornados to just .370 shooting from the field (20-of-54) and had eight blocked shots with seven different players recording a block.
The Blue and White also had 10 steals and forced 22 Brevard turnovers.
Coach Biedenbach rested his starters, playing them only about five minutes in the second half when the Dogs led by as many as 45 points before closing with a 41-point victory.
The team next will play in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Nassau, Bahamas, where they will play defending national champion Connecticut Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. They also will play Friday and Saturday before returning home on Sunday.