College Basketball Roundup: UNC Asheville knocks off unbeaten Winthrop

The Eagles had the nation's longest winning streak at 21 games dating back to last season

Coach Mike Morrell and UNC Asheville knocked off unbeaten Winthrop on Friday in Rock Hill, South Carolina. (Mark Humphrey / AP Photo)

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Trent Stephney had 13 points, LJ Thorpe scores all his 12 points in the second half, and UNC Asheville edged past Winthrop 57-55 on Friday night to snap the Eagle’s 21-game win streak.

Evan Clayborne added nine points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for UNC Asheville (10-9, 9-5 Big South Conference).


Winthrop (16-1, 13-1), which went into the game with the nation’s longest active win streak, lost for the first time since last Feb. 22, when Hampton beat the Eagles 87-81. They then won five in a row, capped by 76-68 victory over the Pirates in the conference championship game, before the coronavirus pandemic ended the college basketball season.

The Bulldogs, who had lost three in a row against the Eagles including an 84-80 loss on Thursday, won at Winthrop for the first time since December 31, 2011.

Chandler Vaudrin, the only Winthrop player to score in double figures, finished with 14 points.

Charles Falden missed a shot but grabbed his own rebound and his putback with 3:41 to play gave the Eagles a 54-47 lead. But from there they went 0 for 4 from the field and 1 for 4 from the free-throw line with two turnovers as Asheville scored 10 of the final 11 points.

Jamon Battle made back-to-back layups, Stephney added another following a Winthrop turnover, and Thorpe made four straight free throws to make it 57-54 with about a minute to go. Russell Jones Jr. made 1 of 2 from the foul line to pull the Eagles within two and Kelton Talford grabbed the offensive rebound. He was fouled — and injured — and Jamal King missed both free throws with two seconds to play.

Winthrop went into the game averaging a conference-best 82.9 points on 47.7% shooting from the field. The Eagles shot 22 of 69 (31.9%) from the field, 3 of 20 from 3-point range, and 8 of 14 from the free-throw line on Friday. They were held to fewer than 70 points for the first time this season.

NC Central 94, Carver College 61

DURHAM — C.J. Keyser had 22 points as North Carolina Central routed Carver College 94-61 on Friday.

Deven Palmer had 17 points for NC Central (2-3). Justin Wright added 12 points, six rebounds and six assists, and Jordan Perkins had 10 points and nine assists.

Bryson Scott had 15 points and six rebounds for the Cougars. Stephon Augusta added 15 points and Antwon Ferrell had 14 points.

Charlotte 63, Florida International 55 (OT)

CHARLOTTE — Jahmir Young had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Charlotte beat Florida International 63-55 in overtime on Friday night.

Young made all 11 of his free throws.

Young hit a 3-pointer to even the score at 49 with six seconds remaining in regulation. Milos Supica made a layup with 3:49 remaining in overtime to give Charlotte a lead they would not relinquish.

Marvin Cannon added eight points and 10 rebounds for for Charlotte (8-7, 4-3 Conference USA).

Cameron Corcoran had 15 points for the Panthers (8-9, 2-7), whose losing streak stretched to six games. Eric Lovett added 14 points and 12 rebounds.

High Point 59, Gardner-Webb 55

BOILING SPRINGS — Lydell Elmore posted 17 points and nine rebounds as High Point narrowly beat Gardner-Webb 59-55 on Friday night.

Alex Holt had 12 points and eight rebounds for High Point (5-9, 3-6 Big South Conference). John-Michael Wright added 11 points.

Jaheam Cornwall had 16 points for the Runnin’ Bulldogs (6-10, 5-6). Kareem Reid added seven rebounds, five steals and three blocks. Jacob Falko had seven rebounds.

Campbell 59, Charleston Southern 58

BUIES CREEK — Cedric Henderson Jr. had 23 points as Campbell narrowly beat Charleston Southern 59-58 on Friday night.

Joshua Lusane had 10 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for Campbell (9-9, 5-6 Big South Conference). Ricky Clemons added 10 points. Jordan Whitfield had seven rebounds.

Phlandrous Fleming Jr. had 17 points for the Buccaneers (1-14, 0-11), who have now lost 11 games in a row.

Troy 71, Appalachian State 62

TROY, Ala. — Nick Stampley had a career-high 23 points plus 12 rebounds as Troy topped Appalachian State 71-62 on Friday night.

Duke Miles had 17 points for Troy (7-9, 2-5 Sun Belt Conference), which earned its fourth straight home victory. Khalyl Waters added 10 points.

Donovan Gregory had 15 points for the Mountaineers (12-6, 6-3). Michael Almonacy added 14 points, and James Lewis Jr. had nine rebounds.

The Trojans improve to 2-1 against the Mountaineers for the season. In the most recent matchup, Appalachian State defeated Troy 90-59 on Jan. 2.