BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. -- Tashan Newsome scored 19 points to lead Gardner-Webb past UNC Asheville 78-71 Wednesday night in a Big South Conference matchup.
Donta Harper and Max Landis added 13 points apiece, and Jerome Hill finished with 12 points and nine rebounds to help Gardner-Webb (9-7, 1-1) beat UNC Asheville for the first time since joining the Big South in 2008.
Ahead 35-24 at halftime, the Runnin' Bulldogs opened the second half on a 14-5 run to go up by 20 points, 49-29, with 15:44 remaining.
UNC Asheville cut the lead to eight points at 72-64 behind Trent Meyer's 3-pointer with 1:24 left to play, but Newsome answered with a dunk and three free throws in the final minute to seal the victory.
Will Weeks led the UNC Asheville with a game-high 27 points and eight rebounds, making 11 of 12 shots from the field.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.