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Freshman Thomas, Western Carolina beat UNC Asheville 76-72

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Freshman Marcus Thomas scored a season-high 21 points, Mike Amius had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Western Carolina beat UNC Asheville 76-72 on Sunday in the Mountain Rivalry.

Thomas topped his previous high by 19 points after scoring two points in the opener against Clemson. He was 7-of-11 shooting against UNC Asheville with two 3-pointers and five free throws.

Western Carolina trailed 34-32 at halftime but Amius gave them the lead for good, 57-56, with seven minutes to go. Deriece Parks' 3-pointer made it 68-62.

Jonathan Baehre hit a 3 with 18 seconds left to pull UNC Asheville to 73-72 but Amius was fouled on a dunk and completed the 3-point play with six seconds left. MaCio Teague missed a shot at the buzzer.

Parks added 16 points for Western Carolina (4-7) and Marc Gosselin 11.

Ahmad Thomas led UNC Asheville (6-5) with 17 points. Kevin Vannatta added 12 and Teague 11.

It was the first time UNC Asheville has played at Asheville's downtown arena, U.S. Cellular Center, since an 85-71 win over Western Carolina on Dec. 4, 2004.

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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 W. Carolina 4-7 324476
home team logo UNC-Ash. 6-5 343872
Team Stats
away team logo W. Carolina 4-7 72.0 PPG 38.1 RPG 12.2 APG
home team logo UNC-Ash. 6-5 59.9 PPG 32.4 RPG 10.7 APG
Key Players
4
C. Dotson 13.9 PPG 9.5 RPG 1.5 APG 59.6 FG%
20
D. Baker 16.1 PPG 2.7 RPG 3.0 APG 39.7 FG%
Top Scorers
PTS REB AST
PTS REB AST
0 FG% 0
0 3PT FG% 0
0 FT% 0
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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