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Beyond the Scoreboard: Bulldogs second-half explosion keys rout of Wofford

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Asheville goes after its fourth straight win and third in a row at Kimmel Arena with a 7 p.m. tipoff Wednesday against USC Upstate. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

In the first half of Sunday’s game vs. Wofford, the UNC Asheville men’s basketball team played “Survivor” while battling foul trouble.

But in the second half at Kimmel Arena, it was “Off to the Races.”

A 52-point, 70-percent shooting explosion after intermission carried the Bulldogs to an 85-65 rout of the Terriers.

The Bulldogs (4-2) got strong second-half performances from their leaders, senior Ahmad Thomas and sophomore MaCio Teague, for their 12th straight win at home over two seasons.

Thomas, limited to five first-half minutes after two quick fouls, scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half.

Teague, who was 1-for-9 in Wednesday’s win over Monmouth and 0-fr-4 in the first half vs. Wofford, drilled four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points and eight assists.

The offensive explosion allowed the Bulldogs to lead by as much as 30 points as they broke open a close game with a 26-2 run over a six-minute stretch of the second half.

“You don’t see those kinds of offensive streaks often,” said Asheville coach Nick McDevitt. “Some of those shots were not even high percentage, but it’s like everything was going in. We really got in a nice rhythm.”

The Bulldogs led 33-29 at halftime despite Thomas, fellow starter Alec Wnuk (two fouls in seven minutes) and key reserve Donovan Gilmore (three fouls in 11 minutes) playing limited minutes.

Fletcher McGee (20 points, 4-of-6 3-pointers) had 20 points for Wofford (3-4), a strong Southern Conference program that has played in four NCAA tournaments since 2010.

Asheville goes after its fourth straight win and third in a row at Kimmel Arena with a 7 p.m. tipoff Wednesday against USC Upstate.

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