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Rams drop exhibition at UNC-Asheville

Bluefield falls in its final exhibition for the 2012-2013 season

Trey Wilson

December 31, 2012

Ashville's Keith Hornsby tries to get around Byron Carpenter (40)

 

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The Bluefield men’s basketball team fell behind early in the first half yesterday and lost in the final exhibition of the season.

 

The Rams (6-6, 2-2 Mid-South) lost today’s road matchup with the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs, 95-66. It was the second of two exhibitions the Rams scheduled this season against NCAA Division I teams.

 

The Rams were led in scoring by Byron Carpenter, who finished with 14 points. Carpenter has scored at least 20 points in every official game this season.  

 

The exhibition provided an opportunity for newcomers to gain in-game playing experience as the Rams prepare for the majority of their conference games. Junior transfer Josh Nesbit scored 12 points and sophomore forward Jesse Sunkins scored 11 points. Both players officially join the Rams active roster for the new semester.

 

Bluefield shot 43.1 percent (25-58) from the floor and 26.3 percent (5-19) on three-point attempts. The Bulldogs outrebounded the Rams 50-25.

 

Early buckets by Nesbit and Carpenter gave the Rams a 4-2 lead two minutes into the game, but Ashville answered with a 20-3 run over the next seven minutes.

 

The Bulldogs continued to pull away, taking a 53-29 lead into the halftime break.

 

The Rams trimmed the lead to 57-38 early in the second half with a run sparked by baskets from Carpenter, Eric Swift, and Andrew Wilson. But the Bulldogs countered with a run fueled by the outside shooting of sophomore guard Keith Hornsby.

 

Hornsby, son of famous music artist Bruce Hornby, made five three-pointers on his way to scoring 22 points. Center Jon Nwannunu compiled 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

 

The Rams return to action on Thursday, Jan. 3, when they host UVA-Wise at the Dome Gymnasium. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m., immediately following the women’s game.

 

The matchup with the Highland Cavaliers is the fifth Mid-South Conference game of the season. The Rams are in sixth place in the 11-team conference with a 2-2 record.

 

Bluefield is 5-1 at home this season, with the lone loss coming against Virginia University of Lynchburg in the season opener. The five-game home winning streak includes a win over the No. 3 Georgetown Tigers and West Virginia Tech when they were receiving votes in the national poll. 

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