College Basketball Roundup: UNCA advances, Campbell pulls off upset at Big South Tournament

Gardner-Webb stunned by late desperation shot

CHARLOTTE — Drew Pember had 29 points and UNC Asheville beat Charleston Southern 75-66 on Friday in the Big South Conference Tournament.

Pember added 16 rebounds for the Bulldogs (25-7). Tajion Jones added 19 points while going 6 of 12 from the floor, including 4 for 7 from distance. The top-seeded Bulldogs extended their winning streak to six games.

Tyeree Bryan led the Buccaneers (10-21) in scoring, finishing with 16 points. Charleston Southern also got 13 points from Tahlik Chavez. Claudell Harris Jr. also put up 10 points. The loss is the eighth straight for the Buccaneers.

UNCA will face USC Upstate — the teams split their two meetings this season — on Saturday at noon.

Big South Tournament

Campbell 81, Longwood 68

CHARLOTTE — Jay Pal had 23 points in Campbell’s 81-68 victory against Longwood on Friday night in the Big South Conference Tournament quarterfinals.

Pal added 11 rebounds and three blocks for the Fighting Camels (13-17, 2-0 Big South Conference). Anthony Dell’Orso scored 20 points and added eight rebounds. Ricky Clemons finished with 18 points.

The Lancers (20-11, 0-1) were led by Isaiah Wilkins, who posted 23 points. Michael Christmas added 15 points for Longwood. In addition, D’Avian Houston finished with eight points and four steals.

Dell’Orso scored 11 points in the first half and Campbell went into halftime trailing 41-35. Pal’s 17-point second half helped Campbell close out the 13-point victory.

USC Upstate 77, Gardner-Webb 76

CHARLOTTE — Jordan Gainey banked in an off-balance 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left and South Carolina Upstate beat Gardner-Webb 77-76 on Friday in the Big South Conference Tournament.

Gainey scored 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including 3 for 8 from distance for the Spartans (16-14). Trae Broadnax and Khydarius Smith each scored 12 points.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs (15-16) were led by Kareem Reid, who recorded 19 points and seven rebounds. Anthony Selden added 16 points and seven rebounds for Gardner-Webb. DQ Nicholas also had 15 points.

Regular Season

Tulane 81, East Carolina 78 win

NEW ORLEANS — Jaylen Forbes scored 25 points as Tulane held on to beat East Carolina 81-78 on Friday night.

Forbes shot 9 for 16, including 5 for 10 from beyond the arc, for the Green Wave (18-10, 11-6 American Athletic Conference). Jalen Cook scored 19 points and added eight assists. Kevin Cross finished with 15 points while adding eight rebounds.

RJ Felton led the Pirates (15-15, 6-11) in scoring, finishing with 23 points and seven rebounds. Ezra Ausar added 22 points and eight rebounds for East Carolina. In addition, Brandon Johnson had 11 points, 13 rebounds and two steals.

Forbes scored eight points in the first half and Tulane went into the break trailing 36-31. Forbes scored 17 points in the second half to help lead Tulane to a three-point victory.

East Carolina visits UCF on Sunday in both teams’ regular season finale.