UNC Asheville had 38 assists, breaking the old mark of 31 assists set in the 1987-88 season against Vorhees, as the Bulldogs easily beat local foe Mars Hill, 126-75 Wednesday night at Kimmel Arena. It was the first win for the home team in their new gym.
The 126 points was the second highest in school history by Asheville as they faced a short-handed Lions team that had five players out with injuries.
Freshman guard Keith Hornsby led Asheville with 21 points while senior guard J.P. Primm had 19 points and nine assists. Freshman guard Corey Littlejohn showed flashes of brilliance while getting 15 points. Senior guard Matt Dickey and sophomore forward Trent Meyer each added 13 points, and Dickey also had nine assists. Freshman center Jaleel Roberts played well, shot 6-for-6 from the field (12 points) and blocked four shots. Senior forward Chris Stephenson scored 12 points as well.
“We played very well in the first half both on offense and defense,” coach Eddie Biedenbach stated. “It’s good to get that first win and get last weekend behind us. However, we gave up way too many points (46) in the second half. We needed to play better defense than we did tonight but overall, our effort was excellent from everyone.”
The Bulldogs out-rebounded Mars Hill 55-35 and out-scored the visitors in the paint by a 80-25 margin. Asheville’s bench contributed 76 points and the team had 16 steals, with Primm and Dickey getting four each.
UNC Asheville’s next game is Monday night when they host another local team, Brevard College, at Kimmel Arena at 7:00 p.m.