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W 91-69
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W 89-48
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W 66-53
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L 76-81
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Lib 45 - 63 NC-Ash
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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. Thomas17.6
Rebounds: A. Thomas6.5
Assists: K. Vannatta3.5
FG%: A. Thomas54.0%
FT%: M. Teague88.6%
3P%: D. Robertson48.0%
Steals: A. Thomas3.1
Blocks: G. Zilli0.7
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Gonzaga29-0
2 Villanova26-3
3 Kansas25-3
4 Arizona26-3
5 UCLA25-3
6 Oregon25-4
7 Louisville22-6
8 North Carolina24-5
9 Baylor23-5
10 Duke22-6
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Gonzaga29-0
2 Villanova26-3
3 Kansas25-3
4 Arizona26-3
5 UCLA25-3
6 Louisville22-6
7 Oregon25-4
8 North Carolina24-5
9 Baylor23-5
10 Kentucky23-5
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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: 77.6 (84)
Rebounds: 8.8 (297)
Assists: 15.7 (57)
FG%: 47.4% (43)
FT%: 67.6% (265)
3P%: 40.0% (17)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 68.2 (76)
Rebounds: 25.0 (214)
Assists: 13.9 (233)
FG%: 44.6% (227)
FT%: 65.0% (6)
3P%: 35.0% (187)
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