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@ Lngwd 
W 91-69
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vs. Presby 
W 89-48
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@ Camp 
W 66-53
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@ G-Webb 
L 76-81
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vs. Lib 
W 63-45
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Thomas scores 31, UNC-Asheville remains tied atop Big South

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Ahmad Thomas scored 31 points and ended the game with consecutive 3-pointers as UNC-Asheville broke away late to defeat Liberty 63-45 in Saturday's windup of the Big South Conference regular season.

UNC-Asheville (23-8, 15-3) tied for first place in the Big South with Winthrop and, thanks to Gardner Webb's two-point defeat of High Point, will host a quarterfinal on March 2. Liberty (19-12, 14-4) fell out of a first-place tie into third and also was denied its first 20-win regular season since 2008-09. Both teams get a bye into the quarterfinals.

Liberty closed to within 42-40 with just under nine minutes left when Myo Baxter-Bell sank two free throws. Within two minutes, however, the Bulldogs led by 10 after MaCio Teague's two free throws and six points from Thomas on a 3-pointer and a 3-point play. Liberty went scoreless for a critical four minutes.

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Leaders
Points: A. Thomas18.0
Rebounds: A. Thomas6.5
Assists: K. Vannatta3.5
FG%: A. Thomas54.3%
FT%: M. Teague88.0%
3P%: D. Robertson46.8%
Steals: A. Thomas3.0
Blocks: G. Zilli0.7
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas27-3
2 Villanova27-3
3 UCLA26-3
4 Gonzaga29-1
5 North Carolina25-6
6 Oregon26-4
7 Arizona26-4
8 Louisville23-6
9 Kentucky24-5
10 West Virginia23-7
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas27-3
2 Villanova27-3
2 UCLA26-3
4 Gonzaga29-1
5 North Carolina25-6
6 Oregon26-4
7 Louisville23-6
8 Arizona26-4
9 Kentucky24-5
10 West Virginia23-7
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Big South Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Winthrop 15-3 23-6
UNC Asheville 15-3 23-8
Liberty 14-4 19-12
Gardner-Webb 11-7 18-13
High Point 9-9 15-15
Radford 8-10 13-17
Campbell 7-11 14-16
Charleston Southern 7-11 11-18
Longwood 3-15 6-23
Presbyterian 1-17 5-24
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 77.1 (96)
Rebounds: 8.6 (307)
Assists: 15.7 (56)
FG%: 47.5% (42)
FT%: 67.8% (261)
3P%: 39.9% (17)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 67.5 (63)
Rebounds: 25.3 (184)
Assists: 13.7 (219)
FG%: 44.2% (202)
FT%: 65.4% (6)
3P%: 34.1% (141)
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