UNC Asheville pulls away from Campbell in 2nd half 95-84

Trey Freeman
(photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Trey Freeman (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Matt Dickey, J.P. Primm and Jeremy Atkinson combined for 74 points and UNC Asheville broke open a close game in the second half to defeat Campbell 95-84 Saturday at Kimmel Arena.

UNCA (16-17, 11-1 Big South) extended a 52-49 edge with a 16-2 run midway through the final period and led by as many as 21 to win for the 10th time in the last 11 games.

Dickey led the Bulldogs with a career-high 31 points, including 13-of-15 from the line and 7 steals.  Back court mate Primm added 23 (5 threes) and 5 assists, while Atkinson contributed 20 points (11-12 from the line), 12 boards and 5 assists.

Lorne Merthie led Campbell (14-10, 8-4) with a season-high 22 points, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range.  Eric Griffin added 14 points and 10 rebounds for his 10th double-double, while Trey Freeman added 13 points and 4 assists in his first action after missing 3 games with a concussion.

Darren White, the Big South's 2nd-leading scorer at 18.8 points per game, was held to a season-low 4 points on 1-of-6 shooting from the floor.

Asheville shot 60 percent from the floor in the second half (15-25), 49 percent (27-55) for the game, but made 33-of-36 (.917) foul shots.

Campbell finished with a 37-28 advantage on the boards, but made just 43 percent (12-28) from the floor in the final period, 46.6 percent (27-58) for the game.  The Camels hit only 21-of-31 (.677) from the line and dropped their 2nd-straight contest.

CU shot 50 percent in the opening half and knocked down 7-of-12 treys to take a 43-41 lead at the break.  Merthie canned 5-of-7 treys before the break, while Marvelle Harris added 7 points and 5 rebounds.

UNCA shot 40 percent from the floor, but made 13-of-13 from the line in the first period.  Dickey had 14 points and Primm 10 for the Bulldogs before the break.

The Camels led 9-3 before UNCA went on a 13-3 run to take a 20-14 lead with 12:44 left.  Campbell, however, responded with a 10-2 flurry.

Senior guards Dickey and Primm have scored 15 points in the same game 27 times in their 4-year careers and the Bulldogs own a 21-6 record in those games (7-1 this season).

The Camels return home to face Charleston Southern Thursday at 7:00 p.m.