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UNC-Asheville downs Monmouth 62-51 behind Vannatta's 25

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Kevin Vannatta had career highs with 25 points and five 3-pointers and UNC Asheville never trailed in beating Monmouth 62-51 on Wednesday night.

Ahmad Thomas added 13 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and five assists for the Bulldogs (3-2), which made 8 of 18 from 3-point range.

Thomas made back-to-back layups, Vannatta hit three 3-pointers, and the Bulldogs led 49-35 midway through the second half. Monmouth closed to 56-47 on Ray Salnave's 3 with 3:48 to play, but Vannatta answered with two free throws.

The Bulldogs opened with a 16-7 run capped by Thomas' layup, then led 28-18 after Jaleen Seegars' layup. Monmouth rallied to 28-27 with a 10-0 run in which Pierre Starr hit two 3s. Vannatta scored six straight and UNC Asheville led 34-27 at halftime.

Austin Tilghman scored 11 points with three assists for Monmouth (2-3).

It was the first meeting between the teams.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
Team Stats
Points 0 0
Field Goals 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
3-Pointers 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Free Throws 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Total Rebounds 0 0
Offensive 0 0
Defensive 0 0
Team 0 0
Assists 0 0
Steals 0 0
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fouls 0 0
Technicals 0 0
12T
away team logo Monmouth 2-3 272451
home team logo UNC-Asheville 3-2 342862
Team Stats
away team logo Monmouth 2-3 63.7 PPG - RPG 10.7 APG
home team logo UNC-Asheville 3-2 59.6 PPG 32.3 RPG 11.1 APG
Key Players
0
R. Salnave 12.7 PPG 4.1 RPG 2.8 APG 40.9 FG%
20
D. Baker 16.6 PPG 2.7 RPG 2.9 APG 38.6 FG%
Top Scorers
PTS REB AST
PTS REB AST
0 FG% 0
0 3PT FG% 0
0 FT% 0
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB