Playing at your rival school on New Year’s Eve, UNC Asheville knew it would be a tough game. But when you get behind by 14 points, you can be in real trouble. But the Bulldogs have a knack of coming back in these games, and Saturday afternoon was no exception. Asheville (7-6, 2-0 BSC) beat Winthrop, 73-68 in overtime at Rock Hill, SC, for a special win for coach Eddie Biedenbach.
Freshman Keith Hornsby hit a three-point shot with 23 second left to force overtime, and senior Matt Dickey (above) scored seven of his 18 points during the extra period.
“This is a great victory for us,” said Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach, who earned his 223rd victory and tied Bob Hartman for the most career wins at Asheville. “We battled and battled and found a way to win down the stretch. I was really proud of our guys for grinding it out and getting the job done.”
Asheville’s pressure defense forced Winthrop into committing 28 turnovers.
Chris Stephenson (above) scored 17 points, J.P. Primm added 13 and Hornsby tallied 11 in the victory. Junior walk-on Jeremy Harn added six points and nearly won the game in regulation with a jumper in the lane that spun out as the buzzer sounded.
After trailing most of the game, the Dogs got within a point at 55-54 on a Harn layup with 2:17 remaining. Winthrop scored on its next three possessions but Asheville answered each time.
In overtime, Harn’s lay-up tied the game at 66 with 2:20 remaining. The Bulldogs took the lead for good on two free throws from Dickey. Primm and Dickey each made two more free throws which pushed the lead to 72-68.
Dickey moved into ninth place on Asheville’s all-time career scoring list as he now has 1,445 points. Primm finished with two assists to give him 518 for his career. He needs three to become the school’s all-time leader.
The Bulldogs are now 8-3 in their last 11 BSC road games and will next play on Monday night at Big South Conference foe Radford.