ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Ahmad Thomas scored 26 points and UNC Asheville held off Campbell 72-56 Saturday at Kimmel Arena.
Kevin Vannatta added 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists for Asheville (14-7, 6-2 Big South), which won its sixth in the last seven games after shooting 56 percent from the field.
Freshman Marcus Burk came off the bench to match his season high with 15 points, including 4-of-6 threes. Mogga Lado added 10 points and a season-high eight rebounds for Campbell (10-10, 3-5), which lost its third in a row. Chris Clemons, who entered the game as the nation's third-leading scorer, was held to a season-low 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting.
Burk keyed a Camel rally and his 4-point play with 11:47 remaining brought the Camels within 48-45. However, the defending Big South champions scored on their next five possessions, including six points by Thomas. Campbell was unable to cut the lead closer than nine the rest of the way.
Asheville entered the game ranked fourth in the country in turnover margin (+5.5) and eighth in steals (9.65). The Camels committed 14 turnovers (to 12 for the hosts), which Asheville converted into a 20-4 edge in points off miscues.
The Camels shot 41 percent from the floor (20-49), hit just 4-of-16 threes (.250) and 12-of-16 from the line. Asheville knocked down 6-of-12 threes, and ended up with a 34-25 advantage on the glass.
The Bulldogs led 34-28 at the break after shooting 54 percent in the opening period.
Campbell continues a two-game road swing Thursday with a 7:00 p.m. start at Radford that will be televised by ESPNU.