ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Andrew Rowsey scored 23 points and UNC Asheville beat Charleston Southern 82-71 Wednesday night.
With the game tied at 25, UNC Asheville closed the opening period with a 20-1 run to take a 45-16 lead into the break. The Buccaneers (11-15, 5-8 Big South) finished the half by going 0 for 7 from the field with four turnovers.
The Bulldogs (14-13, 8-5) extended their lead to 25 nearly 5 minutes into the second half but made just one field goal over a 5-minute stretch and Charleston Southern rattled off 14 straight points, narrowing the gap to 66-57 with 8:48 to play.
UNC Asheville made 8 of 11 free throws in the final 4:03 to hold on for the win.
Sheldon Strickland finished with 26 points in the loss.