ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Joab Jerome scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Winthrop defeated UNC Asheville 70-61 Saturday in the Big South Conference season finale for both teams.
Ahead 33-29 at halftime, Winthrop opened the second half on a 13-4 run, capped by Reggie King's jumper to go up 46-33 with just under 12 minutes remaining.
Jeremy Atkinson's free throws with 2:22 left got UNC Asheville as close as eight, 65-57, but King answered with a layup and Andre Smith converted two free throws with 1:30 remaining to push the lead back to double figures, 69-57.
UNC Asheville shot just 31.8 (21 of 66) percent compared to Winthrop's 50 percent (25 of 50).
Atkinson scored 17 points for the Bulldogs (16-15, 10-6), who have lost five of their last six games.
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.
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won't move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite