BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. -- Jaron Lane scored a career-high 26 points and D.J. Cunningham scored four points in the final 30 seconds as UNC-Asheville opened Big South Conference play with an 81-77 win at Gardner-Webb on Monday.
Cunningham hit a tie-breaking jumper with 30 seconds left, snagged a defensive rebound and then made two free throws with 14 seconds left for Asheville (7-8). After another miss by the Gardner-Webb, Corey Littlejohn iced the game with two free throws at 4 seconds. Gardner-Webb (7-9) got a layup at the buzzer.
Asheville had a 64-54 lead after an Andrew Rowsey jumper with 7:07 to go.
Rowsey and Cunningham had 12 points each and Dave Robertson 13. Asheville shot 53.7 percent and made 19 of 22 free throws.
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point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.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.