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Awad sparks Winthrop comeback in topping UNC Asheville 80-65

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Austin Awad hit 6 of 9 from 3-point range and Winthrop held UNC Asheville scoreless for the final 3 1/2 minutes as the Eagles won the Big South opener, 80-65 on Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles have now won seven straight conference openers.

Kyle Zunic's jumper got Winthrop within one, 17-16, with under four minutes to play in the first half, but UNC Asheville closed the half on a 14-3 run fueled by three 3-pointers by Coty Jude. Awad's 3 with :25 left stopped a string of 14 straight points by the Bulldogs.

Charles Falden hit a 3 with 13:25 left to tie the game at 39. But after LJ Thorpe hit two free throws with 3:28 left to tie at 65, Winthrop closed on a 15-0 run.

Awad made all nine of his attempts from beyond the arc and finished with 19 points for Winthrop (9-5). Falden finished with 13 points off the bench. Josh Ferguson added 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Michael Anumba added nine points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished seven assists.

Devon Baker had 23 points for the Bulldogs (2-13).

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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 Winthrop 9-5 196180
home team logo UNC-Asheville 2-13 313465
Team Stats
away team logo Winthrop 9-5 83.3 PPG 44.2 RPG 15.3 APG
home team logo UNC-Asheville 2-13 59.9 PPG 32.4 RPG 10.7 APG
Key Players
0
N. Smith 16.8 PPG 2.6 RPG 3.7 APG 44.8 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
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