The Runnin' Bulldogs (8-6), off to their best start in eight seasons, easily dispatched Spalding, a Division III school from Kentucky. They led by as many as 18 points in the first half, by 14 at halftime and took a 34-point lead in the second half after a 16-4 run.
Donta Harper scored 13 points for Gardner-Webb, which shot 49.2 percent (29 of 59) from the field. Both teams hit six 3-pointers, but the Runnin' Bulldogs were 6 for 13 from long range, Spalding just 6 of 22.
Gardner-Webb had a 25-8 edge in points off turnovers and outrebounded Spalding 39-23, including 15-7 on the offensive board.
For Spalding (3-5), Dewhon McAfee scored 19 points. But he was 7 for 21 from the floor, 2 of 10 on treys.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.