Jaron Lane scored 15 points and UNC Asheville rallied for a 66-60 victory over Gardner-Webb Thursday night in the teams' Big South opener.
The Bulldogs (4-4) trailed 26-21 at halftime, with 6-foot-11 Mike Byron scoring 12 of his 16 points as Gardner-Webb (3-6) started quickly. The Runnin' Bulldogs used Byron and a swarming man-to-man defense to take a 14-1 lead. They held UNC Asheville without a field goal until Lane's jumper with 11:50 left in the half.
The Bulldogs briefly took a lead early in the second half, but Gardner-Webb regained it until 6:51 remained. Matt Dickey, J.P. Primm and Lane brought UNC Asheville back.
Dickey scored 8 of his 13 points after the break, Primm 9 of his 12. They combined to hit 11 free throws. The Bulldogs shot 52.4 per cent (11 for 21) after halftime and made a decisive 19-7 run to lead 59-50 with 1:01 to play.
Campbell 96, Liberty 82: Trey Freeman, Rico Ferguson and Darren White combined for 67 points as Campbell took down Liberty.
Freeman scored 28 points, White added 20 and Ferguson had 19 as the Camels shot 56 percent (30 of 54) from the field.
Campbell (5-1) jumped out to an early 9-2 lead with Freeman, Ferguson and White scoring all of the Camels opening points. The Camels took a 45-37 lead with 45 seconds to play in the half behind five straight points by Freeman but Liberty's Chene Phillips reeled off five straight of his own to close the gap to 45-41 at halftime.
The second half belonged to Campbell, as the Camels outscored Liberty 51-41 during the period.
Joel Vander Pol led the Flames (2-5) with 20 points and nine rebounds and John Caleb Sanders chipped in with 14.
Campbell sank 32 of 43 (74.4 percent) free throws in the win.
Davidson 72, Wofford 69 : Jake Cohen scored 26 points and De'mon Brooks added 23 as Davidson surged ahead late in the second half and held on to beat Wofford in the Southern Conference opener for both teams.
The Wildcats (5-1), who have won three straight, trailed 44-38 with 15:19 to play.
After Davidson used a 10-4 run, fueled by six points from Cohen, to tie it at 48, Cohen hit a 3-pointer for a 51-50 lead with 9:40 left. The game was tied for the last time at 51, then the Terriers (3-4) got within a point on six occasions.
Drew Crowell, who led Wofford with 17 points, made a layup with 47 seconds left for 70-69. Brooks answered with a layup with 14 seconds to go and Crowell's 3-point attempt bounced off the rim at the buzzer.
Davidson hit 19 of 24 free throws while Wofford was 7 of 12.
Jacksonville State 50, USC-Upstate 48: Torrey Craig scored 20 points, including the go-ahead layup with 18 seconds remaining, as South Carolina-Upstate edged Jacksonville State for its fourth straight victory.
Craig also grabbed 13 rebounds for the Spartans (6-2), including Brian Williams' attempt at a winning 3-point shot for the Gamecocks (2-6) with 2 seconds left.
Jacksonville State, which has lost four straight, led 30-17 at halftime, but the Spartans used a 10-0 run to get within 36-31 with 10:34 left in the game.
Two free throws by Craig gave SC-Upstate its first lead, 46-45, with 3:39 left, and it never trailed again although the Gamecocks tied it twice.
Craig was the only player to score in double figures for either team. The Spartans shot 34 percent (18 of 53) and the Eagles 38.5 percent (15 of 39), including 26.3 percent (5 of 19) in the second half.