Asheville 66, Gardner Webb 60

(Editor’s note: apologies for the late posting.  It’s final exam time and things are getting a bit hectic.  We should be back to normal by the 17th, if not earlier.)

Someone needs to tell the Asheville bulldogs that there are 20 minutes in the first half.  It certainly didn’t look that way last night, as the Bulldogs eeked out a six point win over Gardner Webb despite scoring only one point in the first eight minutes.

It was a game of runs as Asheville stormed back midway through the first half behind Jaron Lane and Chris Stephenson.   Lane continued to demonstrate his importance to the Bulldogs both this year and next, while Stephenson was one point short of a double double with 9 points and 12 rebounds.  Matt Dickey and J.P. Primm were their usual selves after the under-12 timeout, combining for 25 points.

This was not a pretty win, however, and the Bulldogs had to rely on their experience and grit to pull it out midway through the second half.  J.P., for example, had only 1 assist the entire game.  Keith Hornsby and Jon Nwanunu only played 4 minutes a piece, while Quinard Jackson struggled on the boards, finishing with 3.

A win is a win, and now Asheville will return home today to face USC Upstate and hopefully avenge last year’s loss.  Hopefully the Bulldogs’ performance will begin when the ball is tipped.

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