Jon Nwannunu came off the bench to score 11 points for Asheville, winners of seven consecutive home games.
Winthrop (10-12, 4-6 Big South Conference) built a 26-18 first-half lead but Asheville outscored the Eagles 9-2 over the final 3:22 to trail 28-27 at the break.
The Bulldogs continued their run in the second half, outscoring the Eagles 23-13 over the first 10 minutes to pull away. Winthrop got no closer than six the rest of the way and Asheville took its largest lead, 67-53, on a Hornsby 3-pointer.
Asheville (14-10, 8-2) shot just 38.3 percent (18 of 47) but made 28 of 32 shots from the stripe. Hornsby and Atkinson combined to make 18 of those free throws.
Derrick Henry led Winthrop with 15 points.
Oklahoma State basketball player Tyrek Coger died after a 40-minute team workout on the football stadium stairs in hot weather, university officials said Friday.
Prospective NCAA championship host cities must identify local anti-discrimination laws in a questionnaire being sent out by the college sports governing body.
The Class of 2017 is full of talented big men, but Richards is getting noticed by more programs during the current evaluation period in Las Vegas.