Western Carolina vs UNC-Asheville

UNC Asheville 71, W. Carolina 61

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Jeremy Atkinson scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead UNC Asheville past Western Carolina 71-61 Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.

D.J. Cunningham added 12 points and nine rebounds to go along with three blocks to help the Bulldogs.

Western Carolina led early with strong performances in the first half by Tom Tankelewicz and Trey Sumler, who scored nine points each. Tankelewicz connected on three 3-pointers in the first half to help the Catamounts build a 32-30 lead at halftime.

Tankelewicz finished with 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Sumler finished with 11 points.

UNC Asheville outplayed Western Carolina in the second half, outscoring the Catamounts 41-29.

Western Carolina shot 41.9 percent (13 for 31) in the second half while holding the Bulldogs to 31.4 percent (11 for 35).

Will Weeks added 13 points and six rebounds off the bench for UNC Asheville.

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Western Carolina (0-1)322961
NC-Asheville (1-0) «304171

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Western Carolina Catamounts
T. Tankelewicz, F325-130-073115
P. Ross, F120-02-22042
T. King, C275-113-7101413
T. Sumler, G404-152-535411
B. Boggs, G233-133-44159
J. Sinclair192-61-23036
J. Mendenhall180-10-00010
M. Brown121-51-34113
R. Harrelson80-10-00000
T. Brummitt51-10-04012
K. Hall40-00-00010
Totals 21-6612-2340112561
 31.8%52.2% 
UNC-Asheville Bulldogs
J. Atkinson, F378-178-8111224
J. Nwannunu, F183-50-13126
D. Cunningham, C246-80-291412
T. Meyer, G291-74-62246
K. Hornsby, G261-36-66318
W. Weeks304-75-963113
M. Neely251-40-03222
S. Hughes80-10-01000
J. Roberts30-00-01000
Totals 24-5223-3247131671
 46.2%71.9% 
Southern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
ETSU17-427-855
UNC-Green.16-525-1095
Furman14-523-1296
Wofford11-916-17190
Chattanooga10-919-12139
Samford10-1120-16170
Mercer9-1015-17192
Citadel5-1512-21283
W. Carolina4-159-23271
VMI3-166-24329

Big South
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Winthrop15-326-770
UNC-Ash.15-323-1073
Liberty14-421-14173
Gardner-Webb11-719-14186
High Point9-915-16235
Radford8-1014-18227
Campbell7-1119-18247
Char. So.7-1112-19295
Longwood3-156-24343
Presbyterian1-175-25347
 
Other games
LEHI 77 Final
BAYL 99
MIST 62 Final
UCONN 66
USA 76 Final
FSU 71
UMOH 59 Final
NCST 97
GAST 55 Final
DUKE 74
OHST 0 Canc.
MU 0
GWEB 59 Final
UNC 76
BRY 54 Final
IND 97
SEMO 55 Final
KAN 74
UNT 51 Final
CREI 71
NULL 62 Final
MICH 100
MD 69 Final
UK 72
SOUT 65 Final
GONZ 103
GTOWN 23 Canc.
FLA 27
IAST 59 Final
UCLA 86