Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/26/11

Once again, UNC Asheville was involved in a close game, and they were unable to come up with a last second shot to tie or win, as the College of Charleston held off the Bulldogs, 68-66 in the consolation round of the Battle 4 Atlantis Friday night.

Asheville (2-4) had a chance to tie with seconds remaining, but senior J.P. Primm was unable to get a shot off as the buzzer sounded.

“We played pretty well tonight against a really good College of Charleston team but in the end we came up one play short,” stated Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach. “It was a great basketball game but this is a tough one to lose. Hopefully, the experience makes us a little better as the season goes on.”

The Bulldogs once again were led by senior Matt Dickey’s (left) 20 points and by senior Chris Stephenson’s 19 points and eight rebounds. Stephenson was a force in the game Friday night, taking over in the early minutes of the contest.

“What an entertaining game. They (UNC Asheville) are tough to guard and are relentless,” said College of Charleston coach Bobby Cremins. “It went back and forth and back and forth. It was a great win and a very difficult game for us. It was very difficult to defend them. We were trying to get the ball inside and take advantage of the height. Anthony Stitt made a gutty jump shot from the corner. I feel very fortunate to win. I’m very proud of our team and how we fought tonight. They are a nightmare to defend.”

Charleston’s Antwaine Wiggins scored eight straight points late in the contest to help clinch the victory for the Cougars. “Wiggans is a great player and we guarded him pretty good for most of the night but we let him get going offensively with those eight straight points,” Biedenbach commented. “I thought that was the real difference in the game.”

The Bulldogs’ junior Jeremy Atkinson did not score in the game, but grabbed a career-high nine rebounds, and Stephenson’s 19 points and eight rebounds were season-highs in both categories.

For the two games played in this tournament, Asheville has been without starter Jaron Lane.  The junior suffered an ankle injury in a game last week and has not been available.  His presence would have, in my opinion, given the Bulldogs a spark, and possibly a win against Charleston.

Asheville will play the Utah Utes in a scheduled 9:30 p.m. tip-off Saturday night on HD Net, and they will return home on Sunday.

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