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.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
Mike Brey is looking at former Notre Dame players to fill two assistant jobs that have opened up with the departures of Martin Ingelsby and Anthony Solomon.
Purdue's 2016-17 prospects got a jolt Wednesday when forward Caleb Swanigan announced he will return for his sophomore season.